Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Recipe for a Bunch of Good Reads

Add 1 historical fiction novel about an upper-class Mexican (Californio) girl living in the midst of the Mexican-American War

Throw in 1 additional historical fiction novel about an Ute girl kidnapped by Cheyenne and Arapaho warriors (based on a true story!)

Sprinkle in a George Washington picture book that is suitable for a classroom read aloud

Stir in a nonfiction picture book about the Gold Rush

And add a dash of teenage love poetry.

Yields multiple servings!

Books Read:

Daughter of Madrugada
Genre: historical fiction
Notes: Covers an underrepresented area in American history; readers will enjoy learning about the ranch lifestyle (complete with tutors and servants) of this upper-class Californio family, and how the family members deal with the loss of the war in different ways

Bear Dancer
Genre: historical fiction
Notes: Represents another little-known fact in American history (slavery of Native Americans by other Native Americans)

George Washington: A Picture Biography
Genre: biography
Notes: A good biography selection for beginning readers or for a teacher looking for a read aloud biography

Gold Fever! Tales From the California Gold Rush
Genre: nonfiction, American history
Notes: Cartoon illustrations appeal to young readers; majority of text is from first-hand accounts of the gold rush

Crush: Love Poems
Genre: poetry
Notes: Teens can easily relate to the poems; some contemporary references may date the book in a few years; sexuality is discussed but not explicit

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