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Best Books: Her Right Foot

The Statue of Liberty has been an icon to the American people for centuries. We all know her history, she was a gift from the French and she stands tall in New York City. But do we know her story?

Dave Eggers introduces the story of the Statue of Liberty in this tongue-in-cheek tale, Her Right Foot. Eggers brings the Statue to life and with pieces from her history shapes a story of her background giving us all a little taste of what it truly means to be American.

Her Right Foot

Lady Liberty has been a symbol to American’s for centuries. She has greeted immigrants from the sea. American’s and other visitors from around the world have traveled to visit this distinguished lady in her home on the small island near New York. She has been there to greet everyone since she was placed there so long ago. But now we can hear her own story, how she came to be here, who she is, and why she is there to greet all who come to see her.

Her right foot is a poignant tale that will open up a world of topics to your kids. Why did our country form? Why is America so unique and so special? Where do we come from? When did our family come to America? Use this fun story to teach a little about the history of America, Lady Liberty, and your own family.

Best Books: : A Wrinkle in time

The magic of books is that many can stand the test of time. A Wrinkle In Time is one of those books. It may have been written over 50 years ago, but its magic, its beauty, and its tale of fitting in never stops being important.

Meg Murry and her younger brother Charles Wallace are trying to fit in. The whole town is talking about them, and believes that their father is a loser scientist that has left them, their siblings, and their brilliant scientist mother without any word or hope to ever see him again. But Meg Murray and Charles Wallace do not believe it. They have made one new friend, Calvin O’Keefe, and together the three of them are going to have the most amazing adventure ever.

When a strange neighbor, Mrs. Whatsit, comes to them and asks for their help they discover a whole new strange and magical world. They also just might find Meg’s Dad isn’t such loser scientist after all.

A Wrinkle In Time was the 1963 Newbury Medal Winner, and time has only made this story better. There is a movie in production, to be released early 2018, starring Reese Witherspoon, Oprah Winfrey, and Chris Pine. With the movie coming out soon it is the perfect time to introduce a new generation to the amazing stories by Madeleine L’Engle. Check out the book now and be ready to see it come to life on the big screen next year.

Boy Books: Wonder

Have you ever wondered how to get your kids to understand that being different is not bad? Middle school is a stage where we all discover we are different. We all feel like the world is staring at us. We all feel less than. We all feel awkward, weird, funny looking, and uncool. But did you ever realize that everyone feels that way?

This month we are gearing up to head back to school. Some of us are excited, some are scared, some are a little of both. But if you have a child starting middle school or junior high and you want them to see that they are unique, they are strong, and they are beautiful inside and out; then you will want them to read this book.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio

boy books wonder

Wonder by R. J. Palacio follows a middle school boy named August as he starts his first year at a mainstream school. Not only is August starting a new school —  a middle school — and going through all the changes the age includes, August is also special. August has some facial abnormalities that until now have allowed him to stay away from mainstream schools. But as he has gotten older his family, doctors, and teachers believe it’s time for him to mainstream.

The book follows August on his journey, and in the beginning, it is all in first-person. Readers experience the book through August’s eyes. We feel his feelings, and we experience his disappointments.

Soon readers begin to see the story through August’s classmates perspective, then his sister’s, and finally through his sister’s boyfriend. As the story goes on readers have the unique opportunity to see just what everyone is thinking and feeling. This opportunity is eye-opening. It gives readers the chance to see that everyone feels some of the same emotions and fears.

The book is on the best-sellers list and will soon be a movie starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson. The story is so captivating and so mind-changing it is definitely worth reading; it just might change the way you and your kids think and feel about yourself, and others.