Thursday, December 11, 2014

The Sheep Go On Strike by Jean-Francois Dumont

" 'Why are we always the ones who get sheared? Why don't they make cat-hair sweaters, duck down socks, or donkey-hair britches?'  'Let's refuse to be sheared! Everyone who agrees, raise your hoof!' They all raised their hooves, down to the last sheep. And that's how the strike began.'

The sheep are tired of losing their wool, so they decide to go on strike. The dogs, however, are determined to keep the sheep in line. When the other animals on the farm choose sides, things soon turn into a furry, feathery scuffle. But eventually all the animals sit down together and manage to find a creative solution in this hilarious book about the importance of compromise." (Book jacket)

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This book is an interesting way to introduce the inequality in this world. While I am sure this book was in the works way before the most recent bouts of protesting and violence we have been experiencing here in the U.S., there are themes in this small picture book that I am finding to be a mirror of what we are seeing now. I think that Dumont's book is a great teaching tool to talk to your kids about the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, and a well timed resource to talk about the violence we are seeing from the protests in Ferguson, Missouri and other places in this nation.

I don't think this book would work well in a story time group setting, but it will work for a one on one reading time.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

About

Welcome to Stories in Their Hearts!

I started this blog back in 2009 as two separate blogs (Amber's Tween Reads and Story Time Smiles) but last year I decided to combine the two blogs intoto be helpful to people with children for birth until they hit the teen years. I will have book reviews, craft ideas, story time plans and music recommendations. My new vision for the blog is to be one stop shopping with anything you may need for story times or just an afternoon with the kids. 

Who am I? I am Amberdenise. 


When I am not at work, I like to relax with my friends, curl up in a chair reading a great book, blog or go to the beach.

I am super blessed to live near the Atlantic Ocean so I get to see it when I want to. I may not go as often as the next Florida girl, but I love knowing that I can.
As for the books I read, I typically read Contemporary fiction. I love a story where something can happen in real life. I will read other genres, but not nearly as often and they aren't usually as enjoyable for me.

If  you would like to know more about me and my journey through life, please take a look at my other blog Who is ADP?, a blog specifically designed to help me figure out just who I am and what my purpose on this planet is.

Feel free to contact me at storiesintheirhearts@gmail.com or gabidenise@gmail.com
Love and Happy reading!

El Deafo by CeCe Bell

"Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful—and very awkward—hearing aid.
The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear—sometimes things she shouldn’t—but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become “El Deafo, Listener for All.” And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she’s longed for." (Barnes and Nobel)
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I will be the first person to tell you I am NOT a Graphic Novel fan. I've never been a big fan of the comics in the newspaper. Graphic Novels are just not my style. However, I have been trying to branch out lately and expand my comfort zone of reading. 

That being said, I really liked reading El Deafo by CeCe Bell. I found myself surprised by the size of the Phonic Ear that CeCe had to wear during the 1970's. All of the hearing aids/ devices I've ever seen have been MUCH smaller and easier to hide. I thought the idea of using rabbits as people was really cute and a great way to tell her story. 

El Deafo ©2014 by Amulet Books