Monday, August 26, 2013

MMG Nonfiction Monday

Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity BookAngleberger, Tom. Art2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling: An Origami Yoda Activity Book 
26 March 2013, Harry N. Abrams

Is this nonfiction? Not sure. I order all of my books fully processed, but this one came without a call number. I'm a little unsure where to put this, since it has drawing (741) bits as well as origami (736) bits. May just put it in the fiction section with the rest of the series, because more students might happen upon it that way.

Almost wish I hadn't bought it, since it does have boxes to write in as well as very tempting shiny paper to tear out to use for the origami. This would make an awesome present for a child who likes the series, and we'll just enjoy ours in the library until it falls apart.

It's Marvelous Middle Grade Monday at Ramblings of a Wannabe Scribe and What Are You Reading? day at Teach Mentor Texts. It's also Nonfiction Monday, with the Round Up this week at Stacking Books.

278958Holm, Ann. I Am David.(1963)

A student gave me this book, and I got about halfway through it before realizing I had read it several years ago as North to Freedom.  This would be a good Holocaust book for students who are sensitive-- David escapes the camp early on, with the help of an officer there, and makes his way to Denmark. He is caught at one point by a farmer and made to work on the farm under poor conditions, but this is tame compared to many. It is written in an oddly detached style, and it seems a bit odd that David is so insistent he not tell a kind family that he was in a concentration camp. It was also a bit unlikely that he just happened to find a woman who knew his mother. The movie might be interesting, especially since the description explains that David has a sealed letter... that would have helped me believe his quest a bit more.


  1. Anonymous7:24 AM EDT

    Interesting about Tom Angleberger's new book having no call number--does World Cat help? I just checked, and our school district has it in fiction.

    My own 11-year-old daughter is a very sensitive kid--the only child I know who hated the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books because she felt sorry for Greg. :-/ She did like Number the Stars, which isn't as disturbing as some Holocaust books.

  2. Interesting about I Am David - it sounds like a book that leaves one more puzzled than content as a reader.

  3. I have I Am David sitting in my To-Be-Read pile... shall wait there longer...

  4. DD loves Origami and i have seen good reviews of this book. I doubt this would last long in the library :) will look for this one at the stores.

  5. I Am David sounds somewhat farfetched, but sometimes I am upset that some Holocaust books treat the history lightly because of the age group it's intended for. It's a tough topic wherever one is teaching. Thanks for telling about the Angleberger book!

  6. I saw the movie. It was pretty good. Now I'm thinking and ... for shame. I don't think I ever read the book.