It’s Monday! What are you reading?

imgresI have just finished A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord. It is a great little book. Perfect for 3rd and 4th graders. It is about a dog! Who can resist a book about a dog!

Actually it is about a whole lot more. The dog, who is losing his eye sight is just the vehicle that moves the story forward. He is the connection between Lily, short for Tigerlily, and Salma.

We learn about blueberry picking, migrate workers, and families. This book is rich with discussion topics and role models. I love that Lily learns about strong families from Salma who is traveling from farm crop to farm crop with her family. I love that Salma is the one who has researched about dogs and cataracts. I love how Lily helps Salma towards her goal of raising money for college by entering the contest to be the Blueberry Queen.

This is a quiet, quick read but there is so much that Lord has included. This is a perfect share for the fall when discussing what did you do this summer.

The chapters are short and would be good for modeling small moments in ones life. Lily is reflecting on her life – it makes a great model even though the story is fiction.  A perfect place for a discussion about how authors use what they know and how they use little bits and pieces of their life in the books they write.

Cynthia Lord also wrote – half a chance, Rules and touch of blue. 

This might make a good author study for a class in the fall.  Four books, four groups to share discuss and compare.

Check them out!


About Joanne Toft

I am a retired Minneapolis Public School teacher. I walk, garden, help in schools and write. Life is good!
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3 Responses to It’s Monday! What are you reading?

  1. Linda Baie says:

    I am just about to ‘finally’ start Half A Chance, have put it off way too long, & now you & others are writing beautiful things about this latest one. Thanks for sharing, Joanne.

  2. I just picked this book up from the library. I hope to get to it within the next week, but I have other books due first!

  3. Myra GB says:

    Cynthia Lord is so prolific – I have to start reading her novels soon!

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