INTERGENERATIONAL SCHOOL ~ Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Feedback submitted by Cathy Whitehouse, Founder, Principal and Chief-Educator:
The books have been circulating through our primary clusters (picture books) and senior cluster (chapter books). Here is some feedback on two of the picture book titles that the students especially liked:
First Come the Zebra
The children loved it! This is a great story for finding peaceful solutions, working together, getting past stereotypes and other similar themes. The lesson the children came up with was that if the animals can live together sharing resources, we should be able to as well. The children have enjoyed all of the books, and this one especially.
My Little Round House
This is a good book for teaching a compare/contrast lesson. A Mongolian family picks up their round house (tent) and they move 4 times a year, with each changing season. We compared this to our own lives. What do we do when we move? Do we move every season? Can we pack up our home and take it with us? They travel on horse and camel, we use moving trucks! The book prompted a great conversation and the children loved it.
Teacher Silvia Kruger-Galicz writes with reference to the senior cluster:
At our school students are allowed to choose their own books. So I invited students to give Little Leap Forward and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon a try over Spring Break. Two girls chose to read them. They enjoyed them immensely. They were intrigued by the different language and the way words are constructed by using symbols; and, different symbols placed together can create even more words. They were also interested in learning about China and had a lot of questions regarding the country after they read their respective books. The students liked the characters. The one girl liked the adventurous spirit of Minli in Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.
Each student thought “their” book was the best, however, they both want to read the other book to see if it is so. They both adored the colorful illustrations. They thought they were detailed and stunning and brought life to the book.