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A book review by Eli Carter

 

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                                Bronze and Sunflower

Cao Wenxuan and Candlewick Press bring us a tale that is: AMAZING, touching, and tear-inspiring at some times. Translated from Mandarin Chinese by Helen Wang, it takes place in rural China during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Sunflower is a city girl with a country girl’s name. Sunflower and her father with a cadre to a cadre school, which is in the rural outskirts of China. After her father tragically drowns, she is taken in by Bronze, a mute boy who had already become fast friends with her, and his family.

This dynamic story takes place over the course of four to five years. You get to experience this family’s ups and downs, go through good times and bad, gains and losses, even tornadoes and school exams. From selling reed shoes to the family buffalo, Bronze and Sunflower will provide joy and excitement to the reader.

A great book for those who love historical fiction or timeless tales, wonderfully written with a roller coaster of emotions, twists and turns that lead to happy endings,  Bronze and Sunflower is a book you’ll never forget, can’t put down, and deserves five stars from me anyday.

青銅和向日葵

(Bronze and Sunflower)

Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2017 (1/27/17) is its fourth year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from PragmaticMom. Our mission is to raise awareness on the ongoing need to include kid’s books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators.

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday, the MCBD Team are on a mission to change all of that.

Current Sponsors:  MCBD 2017 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board. Platinum Sponsors include Scholastic, Barefoot Books and Broccoli. Other Medallion Level Sponsors include heavy-hitters like Author Carole P. Roman, Audrey Press, Candlewick Press,  Fathers Incorporated, KidLitTV, Capstone Young Readers, ChildsPlayUsa, Author Gayle Swift, Wisdom Tales Press, Lee& Low Books, The Pack-n-Go Girls, Live Oak Media, Author Charlotte Riggle, Chronicle Books and Pomelo Books

Author Sponsor include: Karen Leggett Abouraya, Veronica Appleton, Susan Bernardo, Kathleen Burkinshaw, Maria Dismondy, D.G. Driver, Geoff Griffin,  Savannah Hendricks, Stephen Hodges, Carmen Bernier-Grand,Vahid Imani, Gwen Jackson,  Hena, Kahn, David Kelly, Mariana Llanos, Natasha Moulton-Levy, Teddy O’Malley, Stacy McAnulty,  Cerece Murphy, Miranda Paul, Annette Pimentel, Greg Ransom, Sandra Richards, Elsa Takaoka, Graciela Tiscareño-Sato,  Sarah Stevenson, Monica Mathis-Stowe SmartChoiceNation, Andrea Y. Wang

We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also work tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

MCBD Links to remember:

MCBD site: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/

Free Multicultural Books for Teachers: http://bit.ly/1kGZrta

Free Kindness Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/teachers-classroom-kindness-kit/

Free Diversity Book Lists and Activities for Teachers and Parents: http://bit.ly/1sZ5s8i

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A Life of a Snowflake

By: Wesley Sheets

Snowflakes are very normal,

But one is very special,

So memorable,

So inspirational to try and go out,

But the blizzard is too strong,

POUND POUND,

The blizzard mounts the ground,

Bells chime,

Not a big waste of time,

To sleep,

And fall down,

Too see your face on the ground,

Now you get up and feel light headed,

Falling back down,

You sleep and that snowflake is in your mind,

You get up and think “What is the snowflake’s life like?”

A snowflake falls in blizzards fast,

Way back in the past,

The snowflake doesn’t have much mass,

The snowflake sometimes can’t pass the blizzard,

Then it’s over,

Winter is over,

Then you dry and melt,

That snowflake lived a life,

Just like you!

Our Class Biographies

Nope, not autobiographies, biographies about famous people from the past and present. Were going to tell you about the steps and the process to making our  informational   biographies. The first thing we had to do was each pick a person to write about, and find a book from the library about them. Next, we had to fill out a chart, that basically  put all of our information  in order of which we needed to write it in. Then, we got our chrome books, and went go into google docs and had to write 2-5 paragraphs about our person. The first paragraph had to answer questions like, when and where they were born, who their parents were, their education, and where they lived. The  next paragraph had to be about what they did and three character traits that described them. The final touch on the paper was the time line, that had some major events in that persons life. You could either type or write that timeline. The final thing we had to do was draw or create  a picture of our person. What we mean by that is we were given things like yarn,construction paper,googly eyes, and buttons. Then you could put them on a saprate piece of paper or glue it straight on the final paper. Tell us in the comments below if these steps helped you to write your biographies. Thanks for reading.

 

Haiku

By: Johnny Campa

Fall

Fall is beautiful

with lots of colors: red, orange

Fall is very cold.

Winter

Winter, magical

that is when Jesus is born

then we get presents

Spring

Then the flowers bloom.

It gets very wet in Spring.

You get wet all day.

Summer

Summer time to play

Climb the tree like a monkey

I’m going inside.

The Crossover

By:    Camryn Guthrie, Sofia Camacho,and Annie Beth Beshear

 

In Mrs. Lindsey’s fifth grade classroom we have started reading The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. The Crossover  is about a boy named Josh Bell, his twin brother,  Jordan Bell (J.B.) and their parents Crystal,and Chuck (da man) Bell. Josh and J.B have a strong passion for basketball. They live, eat, breath, and sleep basketball. Josh has long locks that he treats like gold.  J.B. is obsessed with Michael Jordan, and he has  Michael Jordan  merchandise. J.B. also loves to bet, he bets on almost everything, if it is sunny outside he’ll bet that it will rain. He also bet their dad that the Krispy Kreme sign was on. J.B. pulled out a whooping 50 dollars from that bet! Then J.B. challenged his brother to a bet, the bet was if the score gets tied AND if it comes down to the last shot AND if J.B. gets the ball AND if J.B. doesn’t miss, he gets to cut of one of Josh’s locks.

Later, a new girl walks into the lunchroom and J.B., along with all of the other boys, gazed at the new girl. J.B. fell in love with the new girl right away. Josh decided that she was just plain pulchritudinous. Now J.B is acting all weird. He is always smiling and his eyes get all spacey when she’s around and sometimes when she’s not around. He started wearing his dad’s cologne, and he even wore loafers to school. Josh had to start doing everything by himself because J.B. was always with the new girl ( Alexis ). Their dad has a disease called hypertension, which is high blood pressure. He also has patella tendinitis, a condition that arises when the muscle that connects the kneecap to the shin bone becomes iterated due to overuse.This is what we have read so far from The Crossover!

Ben Kemp

by Ben Kemp

Hi I am Ben Kemp! This is my autobiogrphy if you couldn’t tell, I was born on October 4 2005. I am 11 years old, and my hobbies include art (oil pastels especially.), singing (I am part of the Ben Franklin Choir and the WFISD Honor Choir), and coding (I like using scratch.mit.edu).

 

Figurative Language Rap Battle

By Eli Carter & Jonathan Alvarez  in Ms. Donica’s class.

Last Friday, all of fifth grade had our Figurative Language Rap Battle. For almost a half a month we had prepared for that day. We had watched the video on Flocabulary.com (to see it, copy this link –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPjAiUbdl14&spfreload=5) several times in homeroom and reading class, we had even gotten lyrics to the song. A couple days later, it was time for us to start singing along without the video playing. FINALLY, it was time. Early that Friday, every class in fifth grade went outside to start rapping. Mrs. Bourgoin’s class went first. Safe to say, they landed last (no offense to y’all). They were completely out of sync and practically screaming. The next class, Mrs. Lindsey’s class were better. They had good rhythm, but were slightly out of syncronization. Third, Mrs. Law’s class were up. They were much better. First of all, they hadn’t brought their lyrics, and were almost perfectly in sync. Of course, we hadn’t brought our lyrics either. Lastly, it was our turn (if you’re wondering who “we” is, LOOK AT THE HEADING!!!!). We almost won, but we forgot a (huge) stanza. Otherwise, it was nigh perfect. So, naturally, Mrs. Law’s class won (DARN!). But, nevertheless, we all had a good time!