A beautiful tale that brings science fiction and speculative fiction to a young audience with great success! #middlegradereads
We‘re reading this as a read aloud for our Fourth graders. I don‘t know if I‘ve ever seen a group get so into a read aloud. Every afternoon they cry, “noooo!” as we stop for the day and need to go home.
We read many immigration stories in Fourth grade because or primary social studies is a deep dive into immigration. This book really meets the kids right where they are.
Empathy is the word that comes to mind after reading this book. There‘s also framing and reframing of day-to-day realities that felt refreshing. For a story about the brutalities that lead to people becoming refugees, it‘s pretty optimistic about how the future could play out. The book was more sci-fi/magical realism than I was expecting, but I felt like it really worked well!
Returning to this one after a 3 month break. I was having trouble reading it at the end of my pregnancy due to its troubling content. I care very much about deepening my understanding of the experience of refugees, and this has been excellent so far. Hopefully I‘m ready now!
Excellent choice for our 4th grade literature circles! It‘s themes of belonging, immigration, and how they connect with American identity are relatable and accessible. #middlegradereads
While a lot of it was beautifully written and compelling, I wasn‘t sure what to take away from this read. Family dysfunction is universal? It‘s certainly more nuanced than that as it explores conflict across generations, countries, and cultures. Ultimately worth the read.
Love this series (and the Netflix adaptation actually answers most of your lingering questions!) Count Olaf feels like a particularly relevant villain in his ability to manipulate those around him with obvious lies and flimsy cover ups. #middlegrade
An insightful perspective! Some ideas you can try with your own children, while others are rooted in a support system in France that does not exist in the States.
If you‘re up for an excellent series of intense stories with hues of Afro-futurism, fantasy, and sci-if, this collection is for you!
It was ok. It seems to be written with a very specific audience in mind. I admire much of the author‘s online work. That said, the book didn‘t feel all that revelatory and was only occasionally funny.
An excellent way to bring children into the joys of Sci-Fi! In addition to the inclusion of female animal characters (and robots), the book‘s compelling story of exploration and the nature of growth, life, and death will open the door to powerful conversations with children and adults alike!