Monday, July 2, 2012
See You At Harry's
I finally got my hands on See You At Harry's by Jo Knowles! I had intended to read a couple of professional books but when I got the call from the library telling me that this book had arrived...my other reading plans were pushed to the side.
I had to order the book from another library because my local library didn't have this title yet. It was worth the wait though - it was sort of like waiting for the teacher to get the red and white scholastic bookorder box as a child!
I started reading the book on Thursday and had a hard time putting it down. As the mother of 4 little ones, I find that my reading time is mostly limited to naptime and occasionally after the kiddos are in bed at night (although usually by that time I'm too tired to do much besides veg in front of the tv). However, this was a book that I had a hard time closing. I read it every chance I found...even if it was just a page here and there.
I really connected with this story as a mom, as an aunt, as a person who has lost. The themes, the characters, the interactions between the characters...it was a great book. I have to say though, it is a book to read with a box of Kleenex close by, but it's worth it.
I also started reading Same Sun Here by Silas House and Neela Vaswani. I'm only a bit into the book but so far it is good. It captured my attention right away because of the letter writing format. It is also interesting to me to hear the different voices of the characters coming through.
I could really see using this book to teach writing with voice to students...although it may be too high to use with my own kindergarten students. I'm still reading it with a teacher's eye - always on the look out for a piece, a mentor sentence or two, that might be good to share with my students.
I look forward to reading further into this book this week.
I am also still trying to get to the professional reading. I have some greats waiting in the wings: Growing a Reader by Kathy Collins and The Writing Workshop by Katie Wood Ray.