Reviewed by Linda Boyden
After a terrible storm flooded their school, most of the classroom books were destroyed and for the first time, the school’s bookshelves were empty.
For three days school staff and volunteers helped to clean water damage and remove sludge from the school’s classrooms. The children returned a few days later to rooms with new but empty bookshelves. They didn’t know how they could enjoy their favorite part of the day without any books, their story circle.
However, their teacher directed them to sit on the new classroom rug then answered their concerns by telling them a story. They listened to her tale about a boy who learned how to fly. Afterwards, the class discussed the various pictures they had imagined as they listened to the words of the story. The students discovered other ways of enjoying the story circle, and how to begin to fill the empty bookshelves in a novel way. Continue reading.
The Story Circle/El Circulo de Cuentos by Diane Gonzales Bertrand
Illustrator: Wendy Martin
Published by Piñata Books on 05/30/2016
Buy at Powell's Books
Also by this author: Club de Lectur
Publisher's Synopsis: Monster storms closed the school for three days. "Carpets bubbled with mud. Green slime swallowed books." And when the children returned, the new bookshelves in the classroom were empty. "What will we do for story circle?" they ask.
With the kids sitting around her on the new rug, the teacher tells a story about a boy who loved to fly. Afterwards, she asks them what pictures they imagined. Each one sees something different: wings like yellow sunbeams, a pond that looks like a green button and cloud horses running in the blue sky. Soon, all the children are excitedly raising their hands to tell their own stories.
Acclaimed children's book author Diane Gonzales Bertrand returns with another charming book about the joys of telling stories and using one's imagination. The short text combined with fanciful illustrations will spark conversations with children and spur them to write and illustrate their own stories.