Day 2 June 30th, 2012.
Pre-read: What Color is My World by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld. Illustrated by Ben Boos & A.G. Ford
Publisher: by Candlewick Press. 2012
Purchased: new at Frugal Books: A Multicultural Bookstore in Roxbury, MA. 02119. Teacher discounted price.
PictureBook Pusher: Haven’t read this book yet. I bought it about a month ago, but didn’t add it to the curriculum before the school year finished.
I love vocabulary that is explicitly illustrated. It contributes to the advancement of student comprehension in the immediate; benefitting teachers, ELL learners, etc. I wanted to see a nice big visual of “the top pocket of his bib overalls”. Too bad it wasn’t there.
Not ‘too bad’ at all actually. I now see the un-included visual of “bib overalls” as a writing strength, not weakness. The sentence, “He pulled out a long, handwritten list from the top pocket of his bib overalls and handed it to Mama.” creates a beautifully needed opportunity for discussion, and passing down of personal story. A child, in 2012, will most likely interject the read-aloud and ask, “what’s ‘bib overalls’?”, or other words to that effect; at which time the older reader will share their understanding of bib overalls – defining it will surely include a time from back in the day, when people used to say ‘bib overalls’, and have hand written notes.
Kareem and Raymond created a multi-dimensional historical picture book. It allows the readers of the story to pause and share their own histories, with whomever they’re reading it to. This is book is alive.