Amy reads Trees of the Dancing Goats, written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco and published by Aladdin Picture Books. As Trisha’s family prepares to celebrate Hanukkah, they learn that many of their neighbors have been stricken with the fever. Concerned that their friends might not be able to prepare for and celebrate Christmas, the family is moved to action. Working into the night, they prepare food, candles, and small trees decorated with Grandpa’s hand-carved toys—goats and other animals lovingly created … Read More
Amy reads Spring after Spring, by Stephanie Roth Sisson, published by Roaring Brook Press. This is a picture biography of the ecologist Rachel Carson, famous for her work chronicling the “web of life”—the ways in which all living things are interconnected, and how the indiscriminate use of chemicals and pesticides can cause long-term and lasting harm. After the reading, Amy demonstrates how to make a long-tongued frog puppet.
For our last Origami Club video of the year, Amy demonstrates two different holiday projects. The first one is a jolly St. Nick in the shape of a triangle, who stands up on his own. The second, by patron request, is a 5-pointed star. This one is a bit of a challenge and takes some preparation, but watching it all come together is like a magic trick. Give it a try; the results are worth the effort.
Amy reads January’s Sparrow, written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco and published by Philomel Books. The Crosswhites–including young Sadie–must flee the Kentucky plantation they work on. Dear January has been beaten and killed by the plantation master, and they fear who may be next. But Sadie must leave behind her most valuable possession, the wooden sparrow carved for her by January. Through the Underground Railroad, the Crosswhites make the slow and arduous journey to Marshall, Michigan, where they finally live … Read More
Amy reads The Family Tree, written and illustrated by David McPhail, and published by Henry Holt & Co. This is a story about a family and a tree, the story of a pioneer who cleared the woods to make his home but left trees for their beauty and shade, and of his great-great-great-great-great-grandchild who protects it from steamrollers and road pavers. After the story, Amy shows how to use hand cutouts to make your own “family tree”.
Amy reads Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, written by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, published by Dial Books. This is a fictional story about Harriet Tubman’s youth, although it’s based on facts. Even as a child, Minty dreams of freedom, watching and learning the skills she would later use to free herself and so many others. After the story, Amy demonstrates an art project illustrating the landmarks of the adult Harriet Tubman’s escape: traveling through forests, … Read More