|Guys Read True Stories|
Edited by Jon Scieszka
2014. Walden Pond Press.
There are so many wonderful selections in this book that would make great read-alouds and that would easily support lessons based on the common core standards. Douglas Florian's simple poems defining scientific principles would make wonderful posters for a science classroom and great memorization exercises for kids who are learning about time, gravity, etc. Thanhha Lai's descriptions of her childhood in Vietnam help contextualize the Vietnam War and provide concrete glimpses into Vietnamese culture. A biography of Muddy Waters easily connects to lessons about civil rights, sharecroppers, and jazz music, while the story of Jumbo the elephant's close relationship with his keeper highlights the remarkable sensitivities and behaviors of animals.
All educational possibilities aside, however, this book is also just plain fun to read. Boys and girls alike will enjoy each author's unique voice and the heartfelt, gross, funny, and surprising details each one uses to relay his or her story. Readers who believe that non-fiction is flat, boring, or difficult to read will find their outlooks dramatically changed after reading this book. An absolute must-buy for all libraries serving middle schoolers.
I received a digital ARC of Guys Read True Stories from Walden Pond Press via Edelweiss.
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