I recently finished a new book called Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly. It's classified as a middle grade chapter book (generally 8-12 year old range) and would be a great book for 3rd-5th grades as well as middle school students. It is the story of a 12 year old girl named Iris, who loves to fix up old radios that have broken even though she cannot hear the sounds they make because she is Deaf. She uses her other senses to feel sound. One day at school, Iris learns about a whale named Blue 55. Blue 55 has a different sound and song than all of the other whales and is often alone because of his struggle to communicate with those around him. This really resonates with Iris because she often feels isolated due to the language barrier that she faces. She begins to research more about Blue 55, sound waves, and whale songs. She soon comes up with a plan to help Blue 55 and this plan takes Iris on an incredible adventure! I really enjoyed this book for many reasons, but it definitely opened my eyes a little more to the struggles that language barriers may create. Iris inspired me to want to do my part in helping to break through those barriers!
Hi everyone! I have been doing some reading since school ended and I thought I would begin to share some of the books that I have read with you all. :) I just recently finished The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser. I loved this book!! I can't wait to read the other books in this series. It's a chapter book about five kids who live with their parents in Harlem, NY. They live in a brownstone and they love their life in their neighborhood. The owner of the brownstone has suddenly decided to terminate their lease, forcing the family to move right after Christmas. The owner gave no explanation and the kids are distraught! They do not want to move so they come up with a plan (several actually) to try to change their landlord's mind. It was very well written, family friendly, and would make a wonderful read aloud for all ages. You will fall in love with this endearing family! Happy reading!