Every time I get the opportunity to celebrate a great book with Mr. Schu and the Nerdy Book Club I get really excited. This weekend is one of those times. Be sure to check out Mr. Schu’s interview with author Deborah Hopkinson on his blog today, and check out the Nerdy Book Club tomorrow for Deborah’s post.
Annie and Helen
By: Deborah Hopkinson & Raul Colon
I am always amazed by people in the world whose life story stands the test of time. It is crazy interesting to me that some Historical figures captivate kids year after year. Helen Keller is one of those historical figures. It doesn’t matter the year, my fourth graders are always interested in learning about Helen.
I am sure that when my students walk into fourth grade next week that they will be drawn to Annie and Helen. Some sort of story telling force will pull them towards this beautiful book. What they find, I am very confident, they will like.
Annie and Helen stands out to me because of the excerpts it contains letters Annie Sullivan send to her friend and former teacher at the Perkins Institution for the Blind, Mrs. Sophia C. Hopkins. These letters added a layer to Helen’s story that I found myself fascinated with. I felt that author Deborah Hopkinson did a great job of weaving the letter excerpts together with her story telling.
I feel like I’m always looking for the next great an unique nonfiction picture book. I may have found it in Annie and Helen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
In stores September 11, 2012
September 1st: Watch. Connect. Read
September 1st: SharpRead
September 2nd: Nerdy Book Club
September 3rd: Bakers and Astronauts
September 4th: Two Writing Teachers
September 5th: Cracking the Cover
September 6th: Teach Mentor Texts
September 7th: Nonfiction Detectives
September 8th: Booking Mama
September 9th: Children’s Book Review
September 10th: Random Acts of Reading
September 11th: 7 Impossible Things Before Breakfast