*Originally Published on Forloveofeducation.com. Published here with permission.
I absolutely love the blog, I Capture the Rowhouse, and Farrar’s frequent posts about what her family is reading inspired me to share similarly here. We read a lot and I really want a better way of keeping a record of what we are reading. As I look for a way that works for our family, I will share some of the books we’ve been losing ourselves in for hours at at time.
Who Stole the Mona Lisa by Ruthie Knapp
Written in first-person, this book retells the story of the theft of the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa, told by none other than the subject depicted in the painting. The book is illustrated with magnificent paintings by Jill McElmerry that help move the reader through time from de Vinci’s world to present day. We’ve read this six times since bringing it home from the library and not only is it an interesting way to introduce children to classic art and biography. Some activities that we done with this book include: order of events, answering the 5 Ws and H, and for art, painting portraits.
Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard
When the children in her classroom refuse to listen to her, Miss Nelson hatches a plan to teach them a lesson. She disappears and a meaner, firming teach returns in he place. The children are determined to solve the mystery of their missing teacher and are desperate for her return. This is one of my favorite books and was shocked that we hadn’t read it yet. The Tornado was no fool and figured out what happened almost right away. but we enjoyed it even still. We discussed how people stereotype based on appearance and discussed foreshadowing and other clues left by authors to help guide the reader to a specific conclusion….