February book pick

Next month, our sixth-grade book club will read Marisa’s choice, 1001 Cranes by Naomi Hirahara. Marisa says this is not the story about the girl who had cancer after the WWII atomic bombings, but that the book does contain instructions for making origami peace cranes. Or you can find video instructions for making an origami crane at youtube (longer, with audio, but paper is white on both sides) or metacafe (shorter, written but no audio instruction, paper is purple on one side, which makes it a little easier to watch).

If you have read this book, feel free to leave comments about it. The same goes for all our book club posts, which you can trace back through this post:

First 2009 Book Club Picks

Origami-related posts:

Funkiest Knit & Crochet Hyperbole

The Physics of the Familiar

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One thought on “February book pick

  1. for 6th grade parent-child book club…Marisa’s pick.

    This was a refreshing little book. More realistic than the usual parent-child book club picks have been lately. I think part of the “refreshing” feeling comes from the present-tense narration. The reader is right there, in the slightly wise-cracking 12-year-old’s head.

    I think Marisa is going to ask about a favorite quote from the book when we meet, so I would have to say mine is from p. 147: “I don’t kno…more for 6th grade parent-child book club…Marisa’s pick.

    This was a refreshing little book. More realistic than the usual parent-child book club picks have been lately. I think part of the “refreshing” feeling comes from the present-tense narration. The reader is right there, in the slightly wise-cracking 12-year-old’s head.

    I think Marisa is going to ask about a favorite quote from the book when we meet, so I would have to say mine is from p. 147: “I don’t know if I need to be older to really appreciate Rachel.” It feels like this sums up the way Angie grows during the summer. By the end of the book she has come to new appreciations about everyone.

    So for hosting book club I guess I will serve either chicken teriyaki or chicken fajitas. For dessert I think I’ll make that pudding with cookie crumbles (mud with dirt) dish served out of a new plant pot or ramekins , with (fake) flowers and gummy worms (p. 50) coming out of it. We’ll fold cranes for an activity. Directions at the back of the book, and on youtube…!

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