Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Hello from the HCS campus!

We have been discussing the Chocolate Lily books since Spring Break and will be adding our thoughts to this site very soon!  It is interesting how some of the books elicit instant attraction or distinct dislike right from first sight.  Our first challenge has been to be inquisitive and open-minded enough to go past the appearance and take into account the story, feel, depth and conclusion of each book.  It has been worth the effort.  I look forward to reading everyone's reviews!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Critique on Chocolate Lily and Greenaway Books

Good Morning all Book club participants in the Greenaway and Chocolate Lily celebration!

Thank you to Mrs Hutchinson for getting the postings up for the Kate Greenaway awards!  I have added simple reviews on all the books for the Chocolate Lily awards in the picture book genre.  Please can you add your critique via comments on any of the books you manage to read?  
Here again are the criteria I shared in a previous blog post.  Feel free to use these criteria in your comments.  Thank you for sharing!  I cannot wait to see what you think about these amazing artists! :D

Criteria for critique.

1.  Does the story have rhythm?  Is it a pleasure to read aloud or do you stumble with the words?
2.  Did you enjoy the story?  Would a small child enjoy the story?  Why or why not?
3.  Do the images match the theme of the story?  Could the images tell the story on their own?
4.  Is it a circular story? Does it bring you back to the end or does the ending take you somewhere else?
5.  Does the character grow or change in some way by the end of the book?
6.  How much of the text is telling you the story?  Do you feel like things are being explained to you a lot?  Can you see the images in your head when you read?
7.  Is the language suited to the story?  Does it start off well?  Are there any sensory details that add to the text?  Are the nouns and verbs strong?
8.  If there is a rhyming text does the rhyme add to the story? Is it a strong story without the rhyme?  Does the story have substance or is the author relying on the rhyme to get through?  Is the rhyme innovative?
9.  Is this book unique in some way?  What makes it special?
After our blogging all book clubs hope to participate in a collaborative classroom event on Blackboard where we will vote on the winners! We might even post our library staff sharing the books via video to our blog!   Join us in our blogging adventure and encourage literacy:)!

Big City Bees

Big City Bees Choc Lily shortlist 2014

This book is available in the Overdrive e library for your convenience!

Vivid writing and luminous art combine to tell a modern story that introduces young readers to the wonders of bees.
For city kids like Sophie and Matthew, growing pumpkins is a big thrill. But they're worried. They know they need bees to make their pumpkins grow. But will the bees find their garden? Are there even bees in the city?
So one day, Grandpa and the children set out to look for bees. They arrive downtown just in time to see something amazing: a buzzing ball of bees hovers from the branch of a nearby tree. And high on the terrace of a towering hotel are four brightly coloured beehives!
For Matthew and Sophie, this is the beginning of an exciting adventure. All summer they tend their plants, eagerly watching as their seeds sprout and turn into shoots, then vines and leaves. But they're still worried. Will the bees come when they're needed? Please add your comments below for this Chocolate Lily picture book using the criteria as shared in the posting above?

Maggie's Chopsticks- Chocolate Lily posting.

Maggie's Chopsticks Choc Lily shortlist 2014

This book is available in the Overdrive e library for your convenience.

Poor Maggie struggles to master her chopsticks -- it seems nearly everyone around the dinner table has something to say about the "right" way to hold them! But when Father reminds her not to worry about everyone else, Maggie finally gets a grip on an important lesson.  Please add your comments below, on whether you think this is the winning Chocolate Lily  book? :D

Toads on Toast- Chocolate Lily posting. Please comment below.

Toads on Toast Choc Lily shortlist 2014

Mamma Toad does everything she can think of to save her unruly brood from Fox's frying pan, including offering up herself, and eventually persuades Fox to try her own secret recipe for Toad-in-a-Hole, a tasty treat that they all end up enjoying together. The secret? No toads! PLease add your comments using the picture book criteria for critiquing below?

Rainbow Crow Chocolate Lily posting- Please comment below.

Rainbow Crow: Nagweyaabi-Aandeg Choc Lily shortlist 2014

Before two-leggeds walked on Mother Earth there was a great cold. The animals formed a council; someone had to seek help from the Creator.

Rainbow Crow, a most colorful bird, was selected because he had a beautiful voice that would surely impress the Creator. He flew into the heavens and won fire from above. But on the way back the fire began to burn his plumage black and destroy his beautiful voice. But Rainbow Crow persevered, bringing the life-saving fire safely back to his friends.  Please add your comments below on whether you think this picture book is the winner in the Chocolate Lily promotion?  

What's Up Bear Posting. Please comment below.

What's Up Bear? Choc Lily shortlist 2014

In Where Are You, Bear?, Sophie and her best friend Bear discovered Canada from A to Z. Now, they're off to explore New York City through nearly twenty pairs of opposites! 

Sophie can't wait to see New York, while Bear would much rather they just stay home. Sophie loves speeding around in a taxi cab, but Bear wishes the driver would slow down. Up and down, stop and go, tall and short, and many more opposite pairs are illustrated using iconic New York experiences, buildings, and landmarks.

Then, when Sophie spies a window full of new bears in a toy store, Bear begins to worry he is too plain and old to compete with all the city has to offer. He's proven right temporarily when Sophie forgets him in the toy store, but a helpful young boy and his mother find Bear and return him to Sophie at her hotel. The reunion is a happy one, and Sophie and Bear realize they love each other - no matter where they are!     Please comment below using the picture books criteria.