#gslis737w13/ Comic

May 9, 2017 at 3:24 am (Uncategorized)

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Gou Jing. (2015). The Only Child. Schwartz & Wade Books. New York.

ISBN 978-0-553-49706-9. Ages 5- 9. Genre Fantasy. 112 pages.

New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book Award, (2015).

Publishers Weekly Book of  2015.

As parents and professionals we need to be cognizant of children’s astuteness. Their ability to be autonomous thinkers and learners has to be respected. I chose “The Only Child” because it ties in to common core values that we all carry, such as, problem solving, and critical thinking. The content of this wonderful fantasy focuses on isolation, loneliness, and happiness. These are traits that all children feel, identify, and experience often throughout their early development. Children are naturally drawn to comic books, “reading the comics surely represents a consuming and satisfying leisure pursuit of American boys and girls” (Witty, P, 1941, pg.100). The Only Child follows a day in a little girls life. When she is left alone at home, she decides to visit her grand mother, but she gets lost on the way. The story features a stag who befriends her and assists her on her fantastic journey home. This wordless comic I feel appeals to children in so many ways. It’s always great to tap into the imagination of young children and this story does not disappoint.

Kirkus Review:

KIRKUS REVIEW

Left alone when her mother leaves for work, a child amuses herself with television, dolls, and a toy deer before boarding a bus for her grandmother’s house.

The ensuing experience, in which she falls asleep, misses her stop, and runs scared into the woods, is pulled directly from the author’s childhood in China. In this wordless, 112-page graphic novel, her constantly-in-motion protagonist is rescued by a mysterious stag that leads her up a ladder of clouds into a puffy paradise. The animal is a perfect playmate. Humorous close-ups reveal a hands-on exploration of the animal’s muzzle, toothy smiles, and affectionate nuzzling before the afternoon’s excitement. Guojing’s telling is skillfully paced. Early on, a sequence of 12 nearly square panels on a page conveys the child’s sense of confinement, loneliness, and boredom. Varying in size and shape, digitally manipulated graphite compositions create a soft, quiet atmosphere within which a gamut of effects are achieved: brilliant, snowy light, the etched faces of shivering street vendors, nuanced cloudscapes, and the pure black of a whale’s interior after the duo and a new friend are swallowed, Jonah-style. Majestic settings, tender interactions, and pure silliness lead readers to pore closely over these images, pulled along by shifting perspectives, ethereal beauty, and delight in the joy born of friendship.

Rare is the book containing great emotional depth that truly resonates across a span of ages: this is one such. (author’s note) (Picture book. 5 & up)

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GSLIS737w12/ Digital Media

May 3, 2017 at 4:05 am (Uncategorized)

I chose this article because it gives librarians a glimpse into the future. Major change is inevitable, ebooks, apps and other digital media tools are being used in libraries daily. We read about the importance of becoming media mentors for children and families. Mary Pagliero Popp, 2012-13, President of RUSA, writes about librarians having to educate themselves in order to better serve their users. As librarians we have to create positive learning environments. Today’s technology gives librarians the ability to approach programs like digital story time, in unique interactive ways. Ebooks use is also on the rise 43% of Americans age 16 and up use them. Apps like those being created at Tinybops Inc., the latest being “Mammals” in 2017. Their apps are very interactive as well as educational. “The ability to adapt to changing realities is crucial to the future of libraries as well as to the future of librarians” (Popp, 2012, pg.86). The article also stresses the importance of leadership. It is my belief that librarians will take the lead in teaching users how to understand these new literacies.

Changing World, Changing Libraries; New Literacies, New User Needs, and Leadership for Change, Reference and User Services Quartely. 52, 2, Pg.84-89. 2012

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=lls&AN=84747596&site=ehost-live

 

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Diversity Post

April 24, 2017 at 6:14 pm (Uncategorized)

Naidoo, J. C. (2014). The importance of diversity in library programs and material collections for children. Association for Library Service to Children, American Library Association. Available at  http://www.ala.org/alsc/sites/ala.org.alsc/files/content/ALSCwhitepaper_importance%20of%20diversity_with%20graphics_FINAL.pdfHow does a diverse collection support your young patrons? Your answer should not be longer than 400w so I would recommend you to focus on one point. You will accompany the post with 2 sources that you cite in your post and consider key to make your point. To create your post, you may use the readings for the week (not summarize them) or the resources you will recommend.

 

Library collections should be seen as resources that support all of the patrons and the communities that they serve. Young patrons especially need a collection that represents character diversity and subjects that promotes equality for all races, as well as people with disabilities, religions, and members of the LGBTQ community.

Children are at a critical time of their development and a collection that touches on all subjects is necessary. As communities grow to become more diverse, it is important for children to see characters that are like them, as this will help them with their social and identity development (Naidoo, 2014).

Collections that feature diversity are also important in homogenous communities. “Especially in places where kids don’t often have the chance to meet and interact with children who are different from them, books can offer a special opportunity to expose children to culture and lives that are different from their own,” (Johnson, 2015, para 5). This allows young patrons to engage in non-judgemental conversations with librarians and their peers and allows them to grow into accepting adults who are cognizant of the myriad of experiences people around the world have.

Johnson states that “children’s librarians are the community’s gatekeepers to the wider world”, (Johnson, 2015, para 1). It is the responsibility of libraries to fairly represent the diversity of people and ideas in our society. Since children are greatly influenced by the stories they come into contact with (Naidoo, 2014), it is integral that libraries help nurture a multicultural understanding of the world for them.

Citations:

Bird, E. (2017). Outlandish: Braving new perspectives through books in translation has never been more important. School Library Journal, April 2017, www.slj.com

http://www.slj.com/2017/03/feature-articles/outlandish-braving-new-perspectives-through-books-in-translation/#_

Johnson, A. (2015). Diversity on My Mind: Reflecting the world in which we live in.

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/2015/03/19/diversity-on-my-mind

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3rd Book Review

April 20, 2017 at 9:54 am (Uncategorized)

P.K. Hallinan hits a homerun with this picture book that depicts children of all races and colors living in harmony. Parents who want to teach their children the importance of acceptance, of getting along with others of all different backgrounds A Rainbow of Friends will help them accomplish this very important lesson. Hallinan’s simple format is filled  with a rhythmic narrative and wonderful illustrations. It shows children how easy it is to get along with one another. The message to those who read it is despite of your talents and differences together we can make the world a better place. There is a two page sequence I love in the book the first says, “If we work hand in hand all jobs can be done” followed by, “If we play as team, we’ve already won”. I feel this captures the theme of the book. A Rainbow of Friends provides parents and their children a treasure trove of information on the issue of diversity. It succeeds in explaining why it matters to see each other through a colorless lens. This picture book would make a great addition to any library or home collections.

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April 5, 2017 at 4:35 am (Uncategorized)

maxresdefault.jpg Sibert winner is a book that automatically attached itself self to my heart. Yes, I am Puerto Rican. I was instantly drawn to this book. What I found was an informational book that reads like a work of literature. Parrots Over Puerto Rico is written like a beautiful work of fiction. Yet it is not fiction, and the storytelling is wonderfully told. The narrative follows the Parrots known as (Igaucfrom 5,000 BCE., to the present time when these Parrots are now thriving. Parrots Over Puerto Rico, does an exceptional job of providing the reader with an accurate timeline of Puerto Rico’s history. I am an ardent visitor of Puerto Rico and have witnessed, first hand the Parrots in the Yunque. Luquillo is now the most beautiful beach on the island. The mountains are in the distance, but how the Island has evolved, especially after reading the book, is both telling and amazing. The book succeeds on many levels,however, never loses its original premise, following the rebirth of how the Parrots were saved on the island, through the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery Program (PRPRP). Parrots Over Puerto Rico is written an Informational Book, that reads like a work literature. Beautiful.

th.jpgI have to admit. what drew me to Gadgets and Gizmos is the fact that it reaches out to an older audience (3rd to 5th grade), using a story styled narrative. While the Parrots book is all about the story and it’s illustrations, Gizmos though it lures children in with a story format. The truth is rapidly revealed by its scientific influences. The science behind it is undeniable and very useful for the the reader to follow and learn its applications. The formatting is very smart by the author.

 

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gslis737w9/ post 3

March 31, 2017 at 2:31 am (Uncategorized)

Everyone learns differently this is a fact that professionals should always keep in mind. Regardless of the setting whether public or academic we have to be open and attentive to all scenario’s. People’s minds are active those with ADHD have to be handled tactfully. Listening is the best trait a professional needs to be great and efficient in their jobs. When faced with the realization moment in a dyad. The knowledge one has when dealing with a hyper active mind, give us the self confidence to come up with good solutions and answers.

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GSLIS737w9 Post 2 / Eileen / Freddie

March 31, 2017 at 12:59 am (Uncategorized)

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GSLIS737w9 / 1st post

March 27, 2017 at 11:13 am (Uncategorized)

In this wonderful book Michel Chikwanine  tells his story. A story of being abducted by a Militia in the Congo, shortly after moving there from Canada. This non-fiction book was written using  Graphic Novel formatting. The illustrations are brilliant and at times disturbing, the facial expressions capture the emotions of the moment. Child Soldier is a great way to raise awareness about child soldiers, a common practice used by rebel militia’s  around the world. I urge public and academic librarians to purchase these non-fiction titles for their libraries collections. The Graphic Novel genre is very appealing to young adult patrons and students alike. This demographic can benefit from these non-fiction gems. Award winning books like Monster and a Wrinkle in Time have been converted into this format and are great additions to any collection. I suggest librarian’s read these titles for themselves. I believe they’ll see the value of these non-fiction graphic novels and bring them to their communities.

 

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GSLIS737w8

March 22, 2017 at 3:52 am (Uncategorized)

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OMG!!! I love folk tales. I choose one of my favorites, Jack and the Bean Stalk. I found 3 wonderful versions of Benjamin Tabart’s original tale titled, The History of Jack and the Bean-Stalk.(England, 1807). The 3 versions I chose all have different endings and 1 of them is a fractured version of the folk tale. Two are formatted in the traditional picture book format, while the fractured version, is set in New York City in real time with photographs instead of illustrations. The changes in the folk tale are both creative and imaginative. These 3 books are written for children in the 4 to 7 year old range, but I always feel a good children’s book can be enjoyed by all age groups. The Crews and Walker versions are  great for story time, read aloud, while the Cech version is a great take home book for children to read on their own.Regardless of what wonderful version of this folk tale you read. The simplistic  nature of these tales, irrespective of any changes, does not diminish the story’s message and beauty.

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GSLIS737w7/ Book Review

March 16, 2017 at 11:32 am (Uncategorized)

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Pat Mora’s bilingual Book Fiesta is a wonderful imaginative triumph. Fiesta celebrates Children’s Day/ El Dia de Los Nino’s/ El Dia de Los Libros. Children’ s day is actually celebrated all across the country including Mexico on April 30th yearly. Bold bright and beautiful acrylic illustrations show multicultural children reading in submarines, planes, cars, trains, and even a purple elephant. This Pura Belpre Award -winning book is a lovely joyride. Mora’s depicts children’s literacy in a way that resonates with children. Fiesta is a great resource for parents, teacher’s, and educators everywhere to share with their communities and children as a read a loud in classrooms. Toon Toon!!!

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