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I am looking forward to a little time off for Thanksgiving, so I can dive into my to-be-read pile of books! In the meantime, I read some good ones this past week:
|For all ages|
Caroline Kennedy's collection of poetry, Poems to Learn by Heart, strikes me as one that should be in everyone's home and library. Jon J. Muth's illustrations perfectly capture the moods of the poems that Kennedy hand selected and together, the poetry and illustrations are just beautiful.
|Rec. for grades 5+|
The most powerful read of my week was The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became Possible...on Schindler's List: a Memoir by Leon Leyson. Leyson was just a boy when World War II began and the Nazis invaded his Polish hometown; most of his family was saved because of Leon's father's association with Oskar Schindler. This is a surprisingly positive look at humanity and the Holocaust. Leyson doesn’t gloss over the horror, but neither does he dwell on it - instead he focuses on the amazing good that Schindler did. As a result, this is a rare book about the Holocaust that I think can have a place in an elementary school library.