Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Caldecott Medal

On January 14 at 10 a.m. the 2008 Caldecott Medal will be announced. Children at MHP wait eagerly to learn who will win the book award. They know that the award goes to the illustrator and that many art styles have won the award.
First grade children are reading Caldecott winning folk tales. We loved Rapunzel and Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears. Next we will hear The Funny Little Woman.
Second grade children are hearing Caldecott biographies. The Man Who Walked Between the Towers is an amazing story- and true!!! Philippe Petit shows a great deal of courage.
We also read Snowflake Bentley and looked at a short video clip on his life. Mr. Bentley spent his whole life photographing snowflakes and other things in nature. He was very dedicated and showed perseverence.
http://www.snowflakebentley.com has lots of good information. Bentley's Snow Crystals book is awesome. There are more than 2000 photographs of snowflakes in the book.

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