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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Today’s Black History post includes a story. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Isn’t that the best story? What a great way to teach the history of Hurricane Katrina to little ones. 

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The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays Day 8

The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays

On the eighth day of Diversity we bring you Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Binder Illustrated by John Parra.

Marvelous Cornelius by Phll Binder

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

You know you’re gonna love a book when the opening quote features Martin Luther King, Jr. And this quote is a good one: “Even if it’s called your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo…who swept his job well.” That’s a great quote to aptly describe Cornelius, a garbage man in New Orleans. Marvelous Cornelius had a great spirit and a love for his community, which my buddy Phil aptly captures in the book. Young readers can learn about the history of Hurricane Katrina, but also learn that you can take pride in any job you do.

And who doesn’t love a book when the call to arms is “Hootie Hooooooo”?

No one, that’s who.

This book is great for K-3 and older. Also perfect for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

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In the wake of #Harvey, Irma, Katia, & Jose: Books about Hurricanes

Books about Hurricanes

There’s been so much devastation across the world by angry water: hurricanes, tsunamis, etc that I thought it might be interesting to examine a few books about hurricanes about people and animals who survived. We need some hope right now.

Zane and the Hurricane: A Story of Katrina by Rodman Philbrick

I’m totally adding this to my TBR list. It’s got diversity and heroism; two of my faves.

Zane Dupree is a charismatic 12-year-old boy of mixed race visiting a relative in New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina hits. Unexpectedly separated from all family, Zane and his dog experience the terror of Katrina’s wind, rain, and horrific flooding. Facing death, they are rescued from an attic air vent by a kind, elderly musician and a scrappy young girl–both African American. The chaos that ensues as storm water drowns the city, shelter and food vanish, and police contribute to a dangerous, frightening atmosphere, creates a page-turning tale that completely engrosses the reader. Based on the facts of the worst hurricane disaster in U.S. history, Philbrick includes the lawlessness and lack of government support during the disaster as well as the generosity and courage of those who risked their lives and safety to help others.

 

Hurricane Katrina, 2005 (I Survived #3) by Lauren Tarshis

You know how much I love the I Survived series, right? Current events for tweens. And diversity!

Barry’s family tries to evacuate before Hurricane Katrina hits their home in New Orleans. But when Barry’s little sister gets terribly sick, they’re forced to stay home and wait out the storm.

At first, Katrina doesn’t seem to be as bad as predicted. But overnight the levees break, and Barry’s world is literally torn apart. He’s swept away by the floodwaters, away from his family. Can he survive the storm of the century — alone?

Hurricanes! by Gail Gibbons

Here’s a bit of nonfiction for the littles.

Imagine a force that can toss boats around like toys, wash away bridges, and create waves as high as eighteen feet. With fierce winds and torrential rains, hurricanes can do all of these things. They can cause tremendous damage and even change the shape of a shoreline. For centuries people did not know when a hurricane was coming. But now we have new methods to predict when and where these storms will occur. Young readers will learn how hurricanes are formed, how they are named and classified, and what to do if a dangerous storm is on the way.

Mission Hurricane (The 39 Clues: Doublecross #3) by Jenny Goebel

Here’s a great middle grade series that has an online component. Clues!

Thirteen-year-old Dan Cahill and his older sister, Amy, know that a disaster is about to strike the world. They know they are the only ones who can stop it, and they know they may already be too late. The person behind the disaster is their own relative, a man who calls himself the Outcast. He’s already recreated two of history’s worst disasters, and is only biding his time before he strikes again.

The clues that the Cahill kids have gathered suggests that the Outcast’s latest disaster is modeled after Hurricane Katrina. But what city will he target? And how can anyone conjure up a hurricane? Dan and Amy have no answers and very little time to find them. All they can count on is a tidal wave of trouble coming, and only them to stand in its way.

The Magic School Bus Inside a Hurricane(The Magic School Bus #7)

by Joanna Cole, Bruce Degen

It’s Ms Frizzle. Need I saw more?

Count on Ms. Frizzle to teach anything but an ordinary lesson on meteorology. Flying through the clouds in the Magic School Bus, Ms. Frizzle’s class experiences a hurricane-and even a tornado-firsthand. During their thrilling ride through the sky, Arnold gets lost! Will the Friz be able to save the day this time?

Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship, and Survival by Kirby Larson, Jean Cassels, Mary Nethery

Because awwwwwwww.

Bobbi and Bob Cat are the best of friends. When their hometown of New Orleans was struck by Hurricane Katrina, many lost everything. But not Bobbi and Bob Cat—they still had each other. Only by staying together could they survive. This is the story of their remarkable friendship.

Although a very very brief list, take comfort and be inspired by regular people who became heroes and survived hurricanes.

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I AM #BLACKHISTORYMONTH Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Let’s celebrate Black History Month with Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Bildner

Today’s Black History post includes a story. I hope you enjoy it.

 

Isn’t that the best story? What a great way to teach the history of Hurricane Katrina to little ones. 

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The 12 Books of #Diversity for the Holidays DAY 8 -Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Binder Illustrated by John Parra

The 12 Books of #Diversity
for the Holidays Day Eight

On the eighth day of Diversity we bring you Marvelous Cornelius by Phil Binder Illustrated by John Parra.

Marvelous Cornelius by Phll Binder

In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi—and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

You know you’re gonna love a book when the opening quote features Martin Luther King, Jr. And this quote is a good one: “Even if it’s called your lot to be a street sweeper, go out and sweep streets like Michelangelo…who swept his job well.” That’s a great quote to aptly describe Cornelius, a garbage man in New Orleans. Marvelous Cornelius had a great spirit and a love for his community, which my buddy Phil aptly captures in the book. Young readers can learn about the history of Hurricane Katrina, but also learn that you can take pride in any job you do.

And who doesn’t love a book when the call to arms is “Hootie Hooooooo”?

No one, that’s who.

This book is great for K-3 and older. Also perfect for the Diversity Reading Challenge!

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The Last Dogs Series by Christopher Holt

If you know anything about me you know I LOVE dogs.  I especially love books with talking dogs.  Who hasn’t ever looked into their beloved pooch’s eyes and wondered what they were thinking?  I can tell by looking at my own Bailey that he loves me but I would love to hear his thoughts.

I’m sure that Christopher Holt heard my plea and that’s why he wrote The Last Dogs series for me.

The Last Dogs Unconventional Librarian

And oh how I have enjoyed the series.  Here’s a bit about it:

When all the humans in his world disappear, Max, a yellow Labrador Retriever, begins the search for his family. He knows that if he can just find Madame Curie, a wise, old black Lab, she’ll be able to help. Madame had a premonition of astonishing events to come — she might know where Max’s family is.

But Max can’t make the journey alone. Joined by friends Rocky and Gizmo, Max sets off to find Madame. Along the way, the trio must face a pack of angry wolves, forage for food in a land where kibble is akin to gold, befriend a house full of cats, and outsmart a gang of subway rats. Ultimately, they’ll have to escape from the biggest threat of all: the Corporation, a “perfect” society for dogs and by dogs, where nothing is quite as it seems.

Ok so now you know the premise.  What would happen if all the people disappeared? It makes me think of all the natural disasters that have happened, specifically, Hurricane Katrina, in which people had to leave their pets behind. How devastating that must have been for all parties involved.  I’m certain my Bailey would look for me if I went missing.  Now you can hear it straight from the dogs.

To be sure, you should probably read the series in order. I didn’t but Holt did a great job of catching me up on what I’d missed.  This catch up feature is perfect for kids who come to the story later but don’t want to put the book down and get book 1.  It is so great to hear the dogs talk as they go on these adventures.  The three main characters Max, Gizmo, and Rocky are hysterical.  Rocky, the dachshund, constantly talks about food.  In The Last Dogs: Dark Waters, Rocky dreams of chasing kibble.  His conversation with the kibble is a riot: his little legs are moving and he talks in his sleep saying “Come back here, kibble…I’m-a-getchoo. I’m gonna eat you up!”  How funny is that? I giggled for hours.

There are many characters in the series to delight and frustrate the reader.  If you have a child who likes talking animals this is the series for them.   give this series 4 paws!

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