Sunday, January 1, 2017

Terrible Storm by Carol Otis Hurst illustrated by S. D. Schindler*

Currently I am reading Quiet Power by Susan Cain and have been sharing the strengths of introverts with my boys.  So this book that features an introvert and an extrovert was apropos.
Two childhood gentlemen reminisce about the Blizzard of 1888.  The introvert is snowed in a the tavern with lots of people while the extrovert is snowed in a barn with only animals to keep him company!  Each page features two illustrations, one of the introvert and another of extrovert along with their point of view.  When I read this book aloud, my fourth grader read aloud the one grandfather's comments while I read aloud the other grandfather's point of view.
The men in this story are the author's grandfathers so the story is true.
I love this book for many reasons.
First, the illustrations depict that time well and are, at times,  humorous.
It is a perfect book for a mini Reader's Theater and/or for children to read aloud to practice fluency (two different grandfathers plus a narrator).
Lends itself to comparing/contrasting and point of view.
*Highly recommend.
-Borrowed from the library.

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