I Got It! by David Wiesner

I Got It

I Got It! by David Wiesner; illustrated by David Wiesner. 2018. Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor. Published by Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Brief summary: This wordless story is about a boy playing baseball and needs to catch the ball in the outfield. Many worries go through his mind leaving the reader wondering if he is going to catch it or not.

Comments: I teach stories without words by having everyone silent while I turn the pages. The story unfolds in their heads. Afterwards, we go through the book and take turns telling what the pictures are telling us.

This story can be taught how we sometimes worry so much about something but do not need to at the end. We either catch the ball or not. If not, we learn what to do next time in order to catch it.

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Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley

Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley

Brave Like Me by Barbara Kerley; illustrated by National Geographic. 2016. Photography.

Brief summary: This book depicts a variety of parents in different military branches saying good-bye to their children before deployment.  It talks about how the children and soldiers cope with the worry and frustration of this separation. It encourages being brave and strong.

Comments: A narrative nonfiction. The large photos throughout include diversity of military branches, ethnic backgrounds, and female/male soldiers.  I like how this was a very real book about employment and  talks about the anxiety of separation for the children as well as the parents including  how to cope in the days to follow. These are actual families and includes a world map to show where the soldiers were stationed.  In the back of the book, there is a  section on separation  along with what brave means, who serves, a note to caregivers, and further resources sections. I’d like to see more patriotic books like this one. I plan to share this book with my students before Veterans’ Day.