This graphic novel addresses the issues an earthquake has on young children. Torn from their homes, these children have to deal with the issues of the unknown as their community tries to rebuild.
I liked how the novel immediately begins with some powerful action. Mother Nature begins unleashing her power upon the community, leaving its citizens left to fend for themselves. We follow Matteo, Giulia, and Federico as they learn to live with the aftermath of the destruction.
The devastation from the quake is massive. The citizens are warned not to enter the “Red Zone” but to some that zone is their life and contains everything they have. How can you tell someone to stay away from the only possessions they have?
A make-shift school is immediately constructed while the community tries to rebuild. Why is it taking so long to move forward? What are they supposed to do in the meantime? Each family tries to rebuild their lives and get some structure into their lives, to the best of their ability, but it’s hard when all your possessions are in the “Red Zone.”
I really liked the idea of this graphic novel and I thought, the illustrations were fantastic. We are experiencing more weather-related catastrophes lately and having children understand them is important. The illustrations were bright, colorful and had a great flow. I liked everything about this novel but I thought it was missing a few things. I really had no connections to the characters as I had no background on them. I wished I had known something about them and/or their relationships with other individuals in the novel, so I knew exactly the emotional toll this disaster played on their lives. I know that any tragedy is hard but I felt that my character and emotional connection was not fully engaged while reading this novel. I think this is a good novel to share with children, it’s a good starting point.
I liked it but it didn’t wow me, like I thought and hoped it would. I liked how the three snacks played together but wasn’t it smart Cookie who found the note? I thought it was interesting how Cheese Doodle came up with the interesting ideas and Pretzel was the scared one. Cookie was still the smart one who kept telling Cheese Doodle how his ideas wouldn’t work and then, what happens at the end? Oh, Smart Cookie….I’m sorry
I thought it was a cute story but maybe I’m reading more into the story than I need to be. The pictures were fun and I do hope there is another book that follows this one, as I need to know what happens next.
reading this children’s story and the author’s note on the back two pages, I got
chills. This story is fantastic and I am
so glad that I picked it up. It tells
the true story of a woman who shared stories from her childhood which changed
the lives of many. As I read this story,
I thought of how she stepped forward and went about making a difference. This
woman was not a loud, strong woman. This
woman saw a void and wanted to fill it.
The year is
1921 and Pura Teresa leaves San Juan to visit her sister in the U.S. Seeing what
the U.S. had to offer, Pura finds a job and begins to settle in. When the library
posts a job for a bilingual assistant, Pura knows that she is the perfect
individual for the job.
there are no Puerto Rico folktales on the library shelves, Puro recalls the
stories that she heard growing up. As the children gather around her during story
hour, Puro doesn’t need any book to read from. Puro’s words are enough that the
children are soon whisked away into Puro’s world and imagination. It isn’t long before Puro begins to create
puppets to add to her stories and then, the word gets out about Puro and her
stories and there is no stopping what happens to these wonderful tales.
children’s book put a smile on my face and it warmed my heart as I read about
her journey through life, sharing her stories. I hoped her journey would never end as she was
such a positive individual. This book gives
the full account of her life and it truly is a wonderful story. Make sure you read the author’s note which is
located in the back of the book. Located also in the back of the book are a few
pages on additional resources you could use for more information on topics
contained in the story.
This is a wordless
book that I liked yet I felt that it was missing something. The illustrations
were wonderfully done with bright, bold colors and simple lines. It was the storylines that went through my
head, as I flipped through the pages, that confused me. I went over this children’s book numerous times,
looking at it a variety of ways and still, I’m puzzled.
As a girl slept
in her bed with her cat (with a red collar) looking out her window, a bright
porthole opened up in her room. Soon, another cat identical to the one lying on
the bed (this one had a blue collar on) popped through the porthole and snatched
the red toy mouse that was lying on the bedroom floor. Crawling back through the porthole, the cat carries
the mouse, who is now followed by the first cat and the girl, who has awakened and
seems curious to what is happening.
It seems that
they have entered another world as gravity for one, is not the same. There are
other differences but what I like is that this world is not too busy, the pages
aren’t overflowing with colors and activities.
The pages have a great flow to them and you can follow what is happening.
There are geometric shapes throughout the pages yet no definite pattern.
Perhaps I am reading too much into this book. Perhaps I wanted too much from this book. I do feel that it would be beneficial a child who reads this book to talk about it someone. I think discussing it with someone, they might discover something they missed in the book or a different view.