Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng

I read this Bluebonnet book over the summer and admit I wasn't super excited about it.  But, when I got done reading it, I had no regrets. This book is a great chapter book for 3rd graders, but also a good fit for 4th graders. I also think it will be great for ESL students. Anna Wang is a 4th grade girl who is Chinese. Her mother speaks Chinese but as for her she doesn't know much. She goes to Chinese School on Saturdays to learn. 
My favorite part of this book is that Anna LOVES to read and the author actually goes into a little bit of detail about each book she reads. The cool part about it is that they are REAL books and they are REAL GOOD books like A Wrinkle in Time and My Side of the Mountain. If I were reading this book aloud to a class I would have all of the books in this book on hand for my students to look at and read. That is such a great feature to the book. I love it when authors have characters in their stories that love to read! 
Anna struggles with trusting her English School friends. She has been let down a lot. By the end of the book she has a true friend that pulls through for her. 
What did you think of The Year of the Book?