Monday, December 5, 2011

Can you believe that in a little more than a month, the kids in grades 3-5 will be voting for their favorite Bluebonnet books?  This week in the library, I'll be talking those titles up again to hopefully give our students a little nudge toward the finish line. 

In particular, I'll be reading Imogene's Last Stand.  It's a story about a young girl who works hard to save the Historical Society Building in her small town.  Before reading the story, I'll tell the students about how helpful a lady was who worked in the historical museum in a very small town called Herington, Kansas.  This summer, I contacted her while doing some family research trying to find out information about my grandfather who pastored in that community in the early 1900's.  She was so kind to send me a newspaper article that spoke of him.  I hope my little self to text story will help students appreciate the importance of preserving history.

  Meet Imogene, a plucky heroine with a passion for history.As a baby, Imogene's first words were “Four score and seven years ago.” In preschool, she fingerpainted a map of the Oregon Trail. So it’s not surprising that when the mayor wants to tear down the long-neglected Liddleton Historical Society to make room for a shoelace factory, Imogene is desperate to convince the town how important its history is. But even though she rides through the streets in her Paul Revere costume shouting, “The bulldozers are coming, the bulldozers are coming!” the townspeople won’t budge. What’s a history-loving kid to do?

Filled with quotes from history’s biggest players—not to mention mini-bios on the endpapers—and lots of humor, here’s the perfect book for budding historians.  (Review taken from http://www.goodreads.com/)

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