What I’m reading this summer

I leave for summer camp in 3 days. So far I’m really enjoying reading Smithsonian magazine and lots of books about history , biology, and nature. I’ve also read the thrilling Art History caper, Chasing Vermeer


This is what I’m reading this week: 6/19/15

1. In Our Mother’s House by Patricia Polacco


Polacco is one of my favorite authors. She manages to chronicle the mundane and practical but elevate the details to become something magical. Her books always make me cry because she manages to capture truth and beauty. Some of my favorites include Chicken Sunday and Thank You, Mr. Falker. This tale is no different. On one hand it’s just an everyday story about building treehouses and summer carnivals–it reminds me of so many families I know at Bright Water and elsewhere. On the other hand, the book belongs in our Social Justice curriculum because of it’s frank confrontation of the challenges that many families face simply because they are perceived as “different .”

From Amazon: “Marmee, Meema, and the kids are just like any other family on the block. In their beautiful house, they cook dinner together, they laugh together, and they dance together. But some of the other families don?t accept them. They say they are different. How can a family have two moms and no dad? But Marmee and Meema?s house is full of love. And they teach their children that different doesn?t mean wrong. And no matter how many moms or dads they have, they are everything a family is meant to be.

Here is a true Polacco story of a family, living by their own rules, and the strength they gain by the love they feel.”

2. My second entry is Non-Fiction.

Do you like stories of battles? Revolutions ! Empires! Celts? Romans ? Want to learn more about the Ancient Empires of the Mayans, Aztecs, and China?

Then you should read about Salt. Yes, NaCl, Sodium Chloride–Salt!

The Story of Salt by Mark Kurlansky and S.D. Schindler


from the book :

” Salt is a compound produced when sodium, a metal so unstable that it easily bursts into flame, combines with chlorine, a deadly poisonous gas. This natural occurrence is known as a chemical reaction.–think of it as two people who misbehave on their own but play well together….This is what we call salt.”


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