From Good Reads:
Important and well executed, pair this with the curriculum classic TALKING WALLS (Tilbury House) and you’ve got a whole lesson plan laid out before you. Recommended as a picture book biography and for anyone interested in art, design and memory…..
“In January 2011, in a moment that captured the hearts of people all over the world, thousands of Egypt’s students, library workers, and demonstrators surrounded the great Library of Alexandria and joined hands, forming a human chain to protect the building. They chanted “We love you, Egypt!” as they stood together for the freedom the library represented.”
Learn all about:Miriam Makeba from South Africa, Wangari Matthai from Kenya, Kasaha Nagabasera from Uganda, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Nigeria,Hatshepsut and Hypatia from Egypt and Funmilayo Ransome Kuti from Nigeria
As I read about Jadav Molai Payeng and his work in India planting trees http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2016/0616/This-tribesman-planted-a-forest-in-India-that-s-bigger-than-Central-Park I thought about the other tree stories I have shared and a few new ones I am just learning about. We could learn and teach a lot of our world through the tree stories of Wangari Matthai. Kate Sessions, Anne Frank and The Little Bonsai from Hiroshima. If you have other book suggestions let me know!
In addition to my work as an author I am Winthrop’s Play Outside Coordinator tps://www.facebook.com/WinthropPlaysOutside/ and The Winthrop Schools Service Learning Coordinator.http://www.winthropschools.org.
As the Service Learning Coordinator I have dreamed and often talked about how the Winthrop Schools might co- host a community read with our fabulous public library.http://www.baileylibrary.org. All I needed was a book and an author. Last December I read Cynthia Lord’s A Handful of Stars http://www.cynthialord.com/ and knew I found the book! I lent my copy to a 6th grade teacher who read the book to her class and she told me the students wanted to make blueberry enchiladas and paint bee houses.I knew I had a book and activities, now all I needed was the author!
2016 is the 100 birthday of the Bailey Library so I pitched the idea in mid- winter to the library director, Richard Fortin, as a community read to celebrate 100 years of reading. As soon as Cynthia Lord confirmed her June 21st visit to Winthrop I started handing out the book and by June, thanks to many teachers and librarians , grades 2-8 had listened to some or all of the story . I delivered seven copies to Adult Education and twelve to the high school for their book club. Many , many adults checked the book out too!
Before Cynthia’s visit we had four intergenerational events at the library. Deb Barnett from the Eat Well Program showed us how to make yummy blueberry enchiladas https://extension.umaine.edu/food-health/eat-well/. Marilyn Meyerhans, the owner of Lakeside Orchard ,http://www.lakesideorchards.com talked about the role of migrant workers in Maine and at her orchards.
Middle School students and the public decorated bee houses and we had a lively community discussion about the book. Cynthia’s wonderful , informative talk about how and why she wrote her story was a perfect way to end our community read. I was thrilled to be involved in this celebration of reading.http://www.centralmaine.com/2016/05/26/winthrop-library-plans-community-read/
WMS teacher Chris McEwan and Cynthia Lord
Karen Toothaker and Cynthia Lord
Meet Kate Sessions a women with a great passion for trees. She had guts, and a vision that transformed San Diego !
I ordered Wangari Matthai, The Women Who Planted a Million Trees yesterday and can’t wait to see how it compares to the other four books about Matthai. Ellen, the bookseller, told me that Matthai is included in the UNESCO Women in Africa series. Please let me know if you have used this website!http://en.unesco.org/womeninafrica/