I took a short break from reading books for The Newbery Challenge during my recent trip to Germany. Since I have returned I have requested more titles through interlibrary loan and am now down to 17 remaining.
The first book that I read was Runner of the Mountain Tops by Mabel Robinson which was a Newbery runner-up in 1940. The book is a biography of Louis Agassiz who was a well known paleontologist. He is also known for his teaching methods which included integrating more hands on work in the classroom.
Mabel Robinson also wrote Bright Island which was a Newbery runner-up in 1938.
Floating Island tells the story of a family of dolls that are stranded on an island after the ship they are sailing in sunk. The owner of the dolls is saved, but the doll house and dolls are stranded. The story follows the adventures of the dolls who have come to life. They have many adventures with the animals on the island and are eventually rescued. This very cute story was a Newbery runner-up in 1931.
The Story of Appleby Capple was a Newbery runner-up in 1951. This was an interesting read as it is an alphabet book that is unlike any that I have ever read. Each chapter focuses on telling the story with many different words that begin with a specific letter. There is also a lot of alliteration in the book, which is pretty understandable when you are using a lot of words starting with the same letter 🙂
The illustrations in the book also follow the alphabet theme and contain items starting with the same letter. I really liked the illustrations.
Anne Parrish also wrote The Dream Coach which was a Newbery runner-up in 1925.
This is a great story of a young Cheyenne boy who wants to be a horsecatcher instead of a warrior or hunter.
Mari shows her great knowledge of Plains Indian culture in telling the story. I am planning on reading more of her work in the future.
This is a great story about a young Mayan boy who takes over the clearing of land and planting corn when his father is injured. Tigre is only 12 years old and had always been lazy. He quickly learns to work hard as he has to grow up quickly. He endures many hardships along the way that all help build his character.
The next round of books is on the way, hopefully a couple of them will be here by the weekend.