Saturday, April 01, 2006

Spring has sprung!

What a lovely, lovely day in Saskatchewan! What an amazing difference a little sunshine can make. I enjoyed a walk around our downtown today. I should do that more often- I like being amongst the constant intersecting of all kinds of people- sometimes, anyway! I guess that's a good thing seeing I am moving to Hong Kong! Sheesh. Sometimes I also wonder if I am crazy to leave good ol' Regina for the madness of that mass of concrete and people!
Anyway, the certain indicator that spring has sprung in Regina is that driving down Victoria Ave. today, I saw a long line of ice cream hungry folks at the legandary Milky Way. Wooohooo! Now we just need the tennis nets up and we'll be flying!
I followed my brother to the library today. Being much younger in age, I strayed away from the large print section and headed for juvenile fiction. :) I'm starting to read novels as I start brainstorming for my Gr. 5's in the fall (which means I'm putting off the pile of Gr. 9/10 marking I have right now! Eeeek!). Here's what I picked up:
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Everest by Gordan Korman
Wayside School is Falling Down by Louis Sachar
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Tunnels of Time by Mary Harelkin Bishop
Have any other suggestions of great books I could read, or study, with a group of Gr. 5 kids?


Cuppojoe said...

"A Wrinkle in Time" was the first novel I was ever forced to read. I say "forced" because my little 10 year old brain just couldn't get going on it. But my teacher had a great piece of advice: Just get through the first few chapters of any book and the confusion/boredom will go away. She was right! I loved the book!

On a side note: I noticed in the video store the other day that "A Wrinkle in Time" has been made into a movie... I'm not sure I want to see it, in case it destroys the magical memories I have...

Tim and/or Wyatt said...

you can't go wrong with James and the Giant Peach...

TL said...

He's not really an author to "study", and I'm not sure about Hong Kong children, but I just LOVE Gordon Korman for light reading with my special needs teenagers and they love him, too. Goodness, I'd still pick one up for my own pleasure...:D