It’s Monday, and Here’s What I’m Reading: November 4th, 2013

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA! 
is hosted by Jen and Kellee at Teach Mentor Texts

Sharon Creech’s new book, The Boy on the Porch, arrived on MY front porch this Friday evening, and I read it that night. In one sitting.  It was that good.  Here is a bit from the jacket copy:

When John and Marta found the boy on the porch, they were curious, naturally, as to why he was there—and they hadn’t expected him to stay, not at first, but he did stay, day after day, until it seemed as if he belonged, running and smiling and laughing his silent laugh, tapping and patting on every surface as he made his music, and painting—with water, with paint, with mud—those swirly swirls and swings and trees.

And here is Sharon Creech reading from the very first chapter:

Jacob, the silent boy who arrives so unexpectedly, brings joy and love to Marta and John.  But even as they settle into family life, Marta and John feel deep in their hearts that this joy may well be fleeting. Surely the boy’s family would return one day, for who could just give away a child this special? In the days and weeks that pass, they find a beautiful rhythm and grace in every day.  The boy fills a place in their hearts, and he grows to love them.  They belong together.  Just when it seems that it was meant to be forever, though, the boy’s father returns and he must leave.    But Jacob opened a door for John and Marta, and their home becomes a place of refuge for other children.  And one day, when they least expect it, Jacob returns.
This was such a beautiful book – full of a deep understanding of love, connectedness, trust, and constancy.  It’s a story that can be read and read into: what binds a family together? can love last? can bonds remain constant, no matter what the circumstances?  The Boy on the Porch will be a book I know that I will return to many times, and I can’t wait to share it with my sixth graders.
Motherbridge of Love is a lovely picture book about adoption.

The text of this book is based on an poem submitted anonymously by an adoptive mother to Mother Bridge of Love a charity which reaches out to “Chinese children all over the world, in order to develop  a connection between China and the West, and between adoptive culture and birth culture.” This poem describes a mother’s hopes for the child she has given birth to  and then given up for a chance at a better life – it is a loving, lyrical testament to two different kinds of love.
Josee Masse’s gorgeous paintings make this a truly special book: 

6 thoughts on “It’s Monday, and Here’s What I’m Reading: November 4th, 2013

  1. Tara, I read The Boy on the Porch. What did you think of the end? I don't know what I expected, but I was disappointed. I just sent your post to a fellow teacher. Her student placed in the youth writing contest that I coordinate for a story about hers and her brother's adoption. Her story is so touching. I think her mother would love to see this book.

  2. Mother Bridge of Love looks fantastic! I was just thinking about more adoption books, thrilled to learn about this one, thanks! 🙂 Happy reading week to you. I can't wait to read The Boy on the Porch…

  3. I enjoyed the The Boy on the Front Porch as well. I do wonder if it is a book more for adults. I would love to hear what your students say about it. They themes seem to reach the heart of an adult more than for children. I would love to know your thoughts on this.

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