Monday, March 11, 2013
Middle Grade Monday--Ice
Marvelous Middle Grade Monday at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and What Are You Reading? day at Teach Mentor Texts. Both sites have lots of links to reviews about books that are great for the 4th through 8th grader. It's also Nonfiction Monday, hosted this week at Sally's Bookshelf.
Pringle, Lawrence. Ice: The Amazing History of the Ice Business
1 October 2012, Calkins Creek Books
This is why children need nonfiction reading! They can't experience everything in the world, but they CAN read about it! Few of my students today even have grandparents would be able to tell them what an ice card is, or how an ice box worked. I certainly had no idea how widespread an industry supplying ice was in the 1800s! Pringle has done an excellent job of explaining why the need for ice arose, how people met it technologically and practically, and why the industry waned. Details about tools needed, how ice was stored, delivered and used make this absolutely fascinating. To make it even more fun, it was dedicated to Sneed Collard, whose Cartwheel I just reviewed!
Thinking about ice cards made me think of a fun activity to introduce historical fiction. How many of the items shown below can you identify? I'm going to gather them in a box and make classes guess what they are. And yes, I had all of these items in my home and use all but the first!
From top left: Butter paddle, spool holder with pincushion and place for thimbles, typewriter eraser, tomato juicer, clothes brush.
Obed, Ellen Bryan. Twelve Kinds of Ice.
6 November 2012, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
Well, I can't possibly review this as well as Betsy Bird at School Library Journal. This is a beautiful little book about winter with wonderful illustrations by Barbara McClintock that remind me of Joe and Beth Krush, my all time favorites. It talks about the stages that winter takes, in the form of the ice that appears and how the children wait eagerly for skating. Having grown up in the '70s when there were some long, cold winters and lots of ice skating, I adored this. It's a bit young for middle school, sadly, but elementary schools should definitely take a look.