Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pink and Say

My Child Language and Lit class has been just a bunch of busy work for me this semester. I learn a few new things every once in a while and I have some interesting discussions during class.

Every week we take a quiz, write down a quote from the chapter, ask a question, then do research to find two sources with answers. (busy work)

Every Thursday we bring a childrens book to class and read it to a group of three other people. I usually forget to bring a book and luckily someone brings two and I get one of theirs or I run to the library at 7:40 a.m. before my 7:45 a.m. class.

This week's book was a stage 7 book which is for ages 5-7. We were supposed to bring a historical biography of some sort.

Tuesday was Labor day and so my teach had a special book to read to us.

I started this class not really caring too much about childrens books. I mean, I knew I was going to read to my kids. I just don't remember any favorites (besides R.L. Stein when I was in Elementary School) from my childhood like so many others in this class do.

But I have seen some pretty amazing books. If anyone ever wants a list, I'll gladly give you a list of some really good ones.

The story she read was, "Pink and Say" by Patricia Polacco
I don't want to give all the details, because I think you should read it. I've never had a book meant for 10 year olds move me like this one did. It's beautiful. A true story and written by a descendant of the main character. I'm definitely buying this book for my library. I'll tell you what it's basically about.

During the Civil war, Sheldon Curtis (Say) tries to escape his unit and is wounded. Pinkus Aylee, (Pink) a slave from Georgia finds him and takes him home where he and his mom take care of him and nurse him back to health. While there, Say realizes why Pink wants to fight this war so badly; to free him from this disease(slavery). Say decides to face his fears, he doesn't want to fight anymore, and help his friend Pink. During the story Say tells Pink and his mom that he shook Abraham Lincoln's hand. Say tells Pink to shake his hand so he can say that he, "Shook the hand of the hand that shook President Lincoln's hand". It's amazing to think of a 11-15 year old boy going through these things these boys are going through. I'm going to end there because I really can't spoil the ending.

Just know it's beautiful. Read it. Buy it and have your children read it. Read it to your kids. I'm going to buy it and read it to my husband :)

Have any of you read this? If so, what did you think? Don't spoil the ending for those who haven't read it.

p.s. - don't forget to let me know if your coming to Dinner Friday night the 21st at 7:00 at Sampans in the South Towne mall in the post below.

16 comments:

The Boob Nazi said...

WHY SAMPANS? I will say this till the moment of the dinner.

Kristina P. said...

Julie, tell you what. We will do Goodwood at the next one. Promise.

And I've never even heard of this book.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I ♥ books!~ I am on goodreads.com.

Whitney R said...

agreed. I'm just in the mood for orientalish food.... But I will try this restaurant next time - if I'm there next time(the one Kristina is talking about).

Whitney R said...

And trying to stay calm - read this one!

Life as Ashley said...

Oooh! I want a list of good books. I need to get crackin' on reading to Kaeden. Right now he just tries to eat the books, but I definately want to start early.

Tiffany Fackrell said...

I LOVE Patricia Polacco books!! I don't think I have read this one, I will have to check it out!! you should read more of her books, they are all really GREAT!!!

Kristal said...

My son is 10 and loves to read. I'll have to check this out for him.

Wendyburd1 said...

I took a Childrens Lit class so I would LOVE to know some of the good ones you have found. I LOVED Shel Siverstein and the Mrs. Pigglewiggle books, and American Girls before they were dolls too, LOL. And the Box Car children books, they were a fave!!

Mommy Madness said...

Always on the look out for good books. I read with my kiddos all the time. So yes, pleas would love to see the list you have. Thanks

As much as I would love to come up for dinner and meet you all. I won't be able to this time.:(

clan of the cave hair said...

That sounds like an excellent book. I'll have to put it on my library list for next week.

Another really great children's book that took my by surprise (it looked so boring to me) is Gowanus Dogs. It is also a true story and was just a great little book. My 5 year old son just loved it.

Kayleigh said...

That book sounds great. I love children's books.

And I want to come to dinner, but I have a performance thing I have to watch for my Humanities class that night, so I can't.

hello, my name is amber. said...

i love children's books! i'll have see if our library has it next time we go.

what is sampans? is it in the food court or is it a restaraunt?

Cosmopolite said...

Hmm... sounds like a book I should donate to my old elementary school. They always needed new books.

Jillene said...

I love books. I have never heard of this one but I put it on my library list!!

CaJoh said...

I'm always a fan of Winnie the Pooh, but always looking for something new.