I have been reading books to my PreK and Kindergarten students. Big surprise. The authors all have last names that begin with the letter D. This week I read a great book to them called Sody Salleratus by Aubrey Davis.
I had no clue what sody salleratus was or meant, all I knew is the author’s last name began with a D and it looked cute. We actually learned that sody salleratus was also known as baking soda. This story is not really about baking soda. It is an Applachian Three Billy Goats Gruff. The Old Woman decides to bake biscuits and needs her sody salleratus. She sends Boy to the grocer to buy some, which he dutifully complies. On the way back home he crosses a bridge only to be accosted by a large grumpy bear. Once the bear eats Boy the story moves on. The Old Woman proceeds to send Girl, then Old Man, and then herself to find out what has taken them so long to return home. All are eaten by the bear. Oh, did I forget to mention that they had a squirrel living on the mantlepiece? Yep, and squirrel goes last to find Old Woman, Old Man, Girls and Boy only to discover the bear and his boasting at eating them all.
Squirrel ends up outsmarting the bear and … well, there is a happily ever after to this story that includes the biscuits, thanks to the sody salleratus, and a bear skin rug.
The kids love the repetitive story line and begin to “read” it with me. They love the roaring and growling of the bear. Sody Salleratus is a fun little tale great to share.
I can read all the books I want without feeling embarrassed!! When I get funny looks from the checkout clerks in book stores my husband cheerily offers the explanation, “she’s a children’s librarian.” He likes the kids books as much as I do!
As of late he has taken to the 39 Clues series’ of books. We finished the first series in record time! He is reading the second series and is very opinionated about who the Vespers are and their motives! I even use him as an example to other parents as to the greatness of these books because my husband has dyslexia and reading was always difficult. He has a master’s degree in IT so he can read when he must but reading for enjoyment just did not happen. When I tell parents he read the series out of enjoyment for the story lines, the history, biographical information and geography touched upon, they are amazed!
I also get to enjoy the pure silliness of reading! Who doesn’t love Dirty Bertie and Walter the Farting Dog? I get to read silly and sometimes a little inappropriate material and share the fun of saying those forbidden words (stupid, dumb, and well, FART) AT SCHOOL!
No one has as much fun as I. I get to read it all. Prekindergarten level all the way through adult reading material. It is great!
I am currently reading a cozy mystery, a 39 Clues children’s adventure mystery, and a realistic fiction adult book. I have on request from my public library a YA sci-fi. No justification needed but just in case anyone actually asks, I AM A CHILDREN’S LIBRARIAN!
I have just taken over a school library in a rural area. The first thing I did was run a collection analysis to see where were. I am so saddened to find my students’ lack of reading desire is due to the age of the collection. I am not sure where some of the books came from but even in the 1980s when the school was built the books were outdated.
The average age of my collection is 1985. Almost 35 years old. The problem with that is there are books in the collection from the 50s. No, not classics that can transcend time. The collection has been added to sparingly over the years so there are a few newer items. However, there are no Encyclopedia Brown, A to Z Mysteries, and I am certain that in my library Pluto is still a planet.
If any publisher wishes to have reviews posted here please send me your books and I will gladly review them and add them to my collection. If any bookseller wishes to be kind and donate relevant materials to my students, I will gladly make it known here! Yes, I am begging … for my students. My library reaches PK through 4th grade and I have a few upper level readers who are borrowing books from my personal collection. Please help!
I am starting a new review blog to focus on children’s books. Fiction and nonfiction alike!