Rikki Tikki Tavi

rikkiDuring this last week of the school year, Elementary library classes read Rikki Tikki Tavi by Rudyard Kipling. This version is retold and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney. This story is so exciting and we understand now why Rudyard Kipling is famous for his Jungle Book stories.

We also watched a Mongoose and Cobra on this National Geographic video clip:

Biblioburro

biblioburroDue to popular demand, we read another biography this week! Many of our students love true stories about remarkable people and this short week many of our classes read Biblioburro by Jeanette Winter. This inspiring true story from Colombia shows how each of us can make a difference in our part of the world.

We really enjoy the simplicity of Jeanette Winter’s stories and how they encourage us to find out more about the topic. To learn more about Luis Soriano’s work, we watched this video:

The Two Bobbies

two bobbiesThis week Grade 1-5 classes are reading the amazing true story of the friendship of a dog and cat in The Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson and Mary Nethery and illustrated by Jean Cassels. This story of survival of two friends in Hurricane Katrina makes us think about the effect natural disasters have on animals.

To understand the power of a hurricane, we watched this footage from two storm chasers:

Christian the lion

christianThis week, Grade 1-5 students have recounted the true story of Christian the lion from the book by Ace Bourke and John Rendall. This book created a lot of discussion in classes about the ethics of releasing tame animals into the wild and other animal rights topics. We also learned about the work of George Adamson and the book and film, Born Free.

We then watched the video on youtube which made the story so popular, and you can watch it here:

Learning about Dr. Jane Goodall

the watcherThis past week Grade 1-5 library classes have learned about the life of Dr. Jane Goodall. The Watcher by Jeanette Winter is a very simplified version of Dr Goodall’s life, but gave us much to discuss about what distinguishes humans from animals, animal intelligence and emotion, and the importance of preserving natural habitat for wild animals.

We learned about her famous chimp greeting by watching this video:

And some classes learned a bit more about her work from this 60 minutes documentary:

16 years in 16 seconds!

sammyThis past week, Grade 4 & 5 have read another fascinating biography, this time about diving legend Dr Sammy Lee. Sixteen years in sixteen seconds by Paula Yoo and Dom Lee tells how Dr Lee grew up in California, at a time when non-white people could only use the public swimming pool one day a week. But Sammy Lee, son of Korean immigrants, wanted to become a Olympic diver, so he had to practice in a sand pit in his coach’s back yard!

Despite discrimination and unbelievable challenges he fulfilled his dream of becoming an Olympic champion and he also became a medical doctor. You can watch a documentary about his life here:

Flight: the journey of Charles Lindbergh

flightBeginning on Wednesday this week, all grade 3-5 classes have read Flight: the journey of Charles Lindbergh by Robert Burleigh. Classes on Monday and Tuesday next week will also share this amazing biography of courage and determination.

It was good to learn about what made Charles Lindbergh so famous, but also to imagine how difficult it was for him to achieve his dream of being the first to fly solo, non-stop across the Atlantic. We imagined what it was like to try to stay awake for that long, and to not even be able to stand up, or go to the bathroom! Some classes also researched what happened to Charles Lindbergh after his flight across the Atlantic.