I don’t really have an intro this week because I love this theme!!! And so without any further ado, here’s this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!
Emma's Rug by Allen Say
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on May 12, 2003
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Emma is a gifted young artist whose most prized possession is a small, shaggy rug. When her mother accidentally puts the rug in the washing machine and destroys it, Emma is devastated and ceases her art.
Published by Sesame Workshop on February 13, 2012
Helen Keller and the Big Storm by Patricia Lakin, Diana Magnuson
Lovable, furry old Grover is distressed to learn that there's a monster at the end of this book! He begs readers not to turn the pages, but of course kids feel they just have to see this monster for themselves. But there is a surprise at the end of the book. This fun and funny book will delight readers of all ages.
Published by Simon Spotlight on January 1, 2002
Molly's Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen, Daniel Mark Duffy
Helen Keller cannot see or hear. But that does not stop her from playing tricks on people, including her new teacher, Annie Sullivan. Still, Annie will not give up on Helen. Can Helen ever learn to trust her teacher? A special section in the back of the book includes a time line of Helen's life.
Published by Scholastic on October 14, 1998
As Molly nears her first Thanksgiving in the New World, she doesn't find much to be thankful for. Her classmates giggle at her Yiddish accent and make fun of her unfamiliarity with American ways.
Molly's embarrassed when her mother helps with a class Thanksgiving project by making a little doll that looks more like a Russian refugee than a New England Pilgrim. But the tiny modern-day pilgrim just might help Molly to find a place for herself in America.
Across the Wide and Lonesome Prairie: The Oregon Trail Diary of Hattie Campbell by Kristiana Gregory
on March 1, 1997
Vacation Under the Volcano by Mary Pope Osborne, Salvatore Murdocca
Now that we're in the North Platte River Valley the air feels dry and thin. My lips are so chapped they bleed when I talk. The only thing to do is dip our fingers in to the bucket of axle grease and rub our lips every hour or so. It smells bad, it tastes bad, and the blowing dust sticks.
It feels like we must be halfway to Oregon, but Tall Joe says, no, we've only gone five hundred miles. He also says the worst part of the trail is to come.
Does he mean more rivers to cross...? I'm afraid to ask what he's talking about.
Published by Random House Children's Books on March 24, 1998
The Music of Dolphins by Karen Hesse
Who wants to vacation next to a volcano?
Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash!
Published by Scholastic Paperbacks on February 1, 1998
Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan
The rescuers who find her on a key off the coast of Cuba dub her Mila—Spanish for "miracle"—for although she weighs barely 100 pounds and bears sucker and barnacle scars, she is healthy and alert, human in form but with strange gestures, sounds, and behavior she learned from the dolphins with whom she has lived for at least 10 years. Taken to a research facility, Mila launches into her new life with enthusiasm, spurred by the hope that she will soon be returned to her marine family. She excels at her studies and displays a genius for music. As someone whose inner resilience has allowed her to develop a dual nature, Mila is utterly convincing; in a highly individual voice, she describes her old and new lives—e.g., "the sea is a big home where all the time is swimming and all the time is singing and all the time is touching in the big wet." Changes in type size and style signal Mila's inner shifts as she turns toward humanity, then away, finding in the dolphins a wiser, more comfortable society. A probing look at what makes us human, with an unforgettable protagonist.
Published by Scholastic on September 27, 2002
Plain Girl by Virginia Sorensen
Esperanza thought she'd always live with her family on their ranch in Mexico--she'd always have fancy dresses, a beautiful home, and servants. But a sudden tragedy forces Esperanza and Mama to flee to California during the Great Depression, and to settle in a camp for Mexican farm workers. Esperanza isn't ready for the hard labor, financial struggles, or lack of acceptance she now faces. When their new life is threatened, Esperanza must find a way to rise above her difficult circumstances--Mama's life, and her own, depend on it.
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on April 1, 1988
The Report Card by Andrew Clements
Despite her father's objections, a young Amish girl secretly looks forward to attending public school where she makes a best friend and gains a new perspective on her family's way of life.
Published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers on April 1, 2004
Nora Rose Rowley is a genius, but don't tell anyone. She's managed to make it to fifth grade without anyone figuring out that she's not just an ordinary kid, and she wants to keep it that way. But then Nora gets fed up with the importance everyone attaches to test scores and grades, and she purposely brings home a terrible report card just to prove a point. Suddenly the attention she's successfully avoided all her life is focused on her, and her secret is out. And that's when things start to get really complicated...
What books did you love to read as a child? Let me know in the comments below and have a splendiferous week!
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