Saturday, July 25, 2015

Herman's Letter

Herman's Letter by Tom Percival is a book that most children would enjoy.  Herman and Henry are very good friends.  Henry moves far away, but is determined to keep in touch with Herman by mail.  With lift the flap letters, it is a story about change and friendship that will engage any age student and many adults.  I look forward to see what else Percival creates in the future. 

Friday, July 17, 2015

northern Minnesota

Northern Minnesota seems a lot different than central Minnesota.  There is so much more water.  There are lots of trees and BIG rocks as well.   Here is a view of Kabetogama Lake.  Most of the lake is in Voyageurs National Park. 
Below is the High Falls on Baptism River in Tettegouche State Park. 
No pictures of Lake Superior yet, but a few views.  I have only been up to this part of Minnesota a few times, but it is a good place to visit from time to time.  Maybe next time I will have to come in the  winter, to have a mosquito free experience and enjoy some outdoor winter activities.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Playing Lotería

Playing Lotería by René Colato Laínez and illustrated by Jill Arena is one of the books that I ran across at the library when looking for things to read in Spanish.  It is a bilingual book that tells about a boy who doesn't know much Spanish.  He goes to spend time with his grandmother who speaks only Spanish.  His grandmother helps him learn Spanish while playing lotería.  In exchange, the boy teaches his grandmother some English.  I enjoyed the story and illustrations and want to use it as a read aloud for my classes in the upcoming year.