It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

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What I Read Last Week:

Last week was a busy reading week for me, but today I’ll be sharing two of the texts I read…
I think my favorite book of the week was Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s, One For the Murphys. This book was recommended to me by a dear teacher friend and what a great recommendation it was! The main character, Carly Connors, is a 12-year-old girl who unexpectedly finds herself placed in a foster home when her mother is unable to take care of her. The Murphys are the quintessential all-American family, which makes Carly resent being with them even more. This heartwarming story of trust, honesty, and love is sure to bring more than a tear or two to readers. One For the Murphys is somewhat reminiscent for me of Cynthia Lord’s Touch Blue, however where Lord’s story is told from the perspective of one of the siblings in the foster family, Lynda Mullaly Hunt tells the story through the voice of the foster child herself. These two texts paired together would work well for a study on point of view with intermediate students.

While browsing in one of my favorite Indie bookstores last week, I stumbled across an AUTOGRAPHED copy of the Caldecott Honor book, Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds. I was pleasantly surprised at this fun and humorous picture book about Jasper Rabbit who loves to eat carrots from Crackenhopper Field. He eats them morning, noon, and night until one day things take a turn for the “very creepy!” Peter Brown’s black and white illustrations, with a bright pop of orange, add to the tone of the text. Can’t wait to share this one with my first-third grade friends!

3 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

  1. I need to get both the “Murphy’s” and “Touch Blue”. I haven’t read either and they both sound great! 🙂

  2. My daughter and I are reading “Touch Blue” right now. Really enjoying it! Love your blog, Jenn. Keep up the great work!

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