Thanks to Kirsten McWilliams and her King Middle School students for their thoughtful book reviews and illustrations about my books. Read some excerpts of the book reviews below.
Talking Walls is an explanatory book that talks about different religions and different beautiful people. Talking Walls shows images and facets of cultures revealed in monuments throughout the world, The book was written to introduce children to the world and its diverse cultures. It is an important book because it teaches and shows the readers that there are different cultures throughout the world.
The book Who Belongs Here? is about a boy who lived in a refugee camp and immigrated with his family to the USA. The book is about why people love their own country and it is also about some immigrants feel when they are starting over with their lives. The book shows how refugees lives were back in their countries and the art shows how the refugees are scared and hopeless. The book shows its audience different ways of helping other people who are facing the same problems as refugees.
Margy Burns Knight wrote a book explaining that Africa is not a country. To begin with, kids are having fun in a park playing soccer. Also some of them were dancing, eating and sitting in a circle. Half of the kids in the neighborhood just went to school. This book was written to show that Africa is not a country and is a fun continent. The book shows that every race matters, not just black or white, every race. The reason they matter is because people should not get treated badly because of their race or skin color.
Kids and their families listened to Talking Walls stories , created their own fabulous Talking Wall of China and talked together to find and ask questions about details in the original illustrations.
Many thanks to King Middle School teacher Kirsten Mc Williams for co-leading the two part afternoon teachers workshop with me. We introduced the 3 question VTS protocol and demonstrated how this very flexible and fun strategy can be implemented across the curriculum via listening, speaking, reading and writing. Teachers shared how VTS was a big hit with their preschool , elementary and high school students.
I am looking forward to sharing VTS strategies in Hallowell and China,Maine in late May and in NYC at an Author’s Roundtable in NYC in June!