“Great for inferring!”Mrs. Hasegawa wrote this review Friday, March 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“1. Awards this book has won: none
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in preschool through kindergarten.
3. Summary: A boy named Sam dresses up as Bumblebee Boy and pretends to have adventures. His little brother, Owen, wants to play this game with him. However, Sam does not want to play with his brother. Owen tries every way to join the game: he gets a cape, a hat, and sometimes tries to take an active role in the game by driving his “car” (box) to catch the bank robbers. Sam continuously refuses to let Owen join him, until he realizes he needs a sidekick. Owen then says he does not want to play the same game that Sam wants to play, and the boys must come to a compromise. They incorporate elements of both of their games to create a new game.
Review: This book teaches students that there are ways to compromise with other children so that everyone gets part of what they want. This is a very important concept for young children to learn, because they are very egocentric. Children will also most likely be able to relate to this book if they have siblings or have played with other children before. One child often feels left out while the other child or children do not want to include them in that particular game. This book makes them realize that Owen is upset when Sam excludes him, and they will hopefully empathize with Owen.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Discuss the main events in the story
-Ask students if they have a favorite superhero- if so, share (and explain
-Have students draw a picture of their own superhero
“As a fan of journaling in the classroom, I thought this book would make a great introduction.
I did read this book prior to our February class.”
“This is a touching story about Mr. Morris Lessmore who loves books and is writing his own life story. After a hurricane his world is turned upside down, but he is brought out of the depths of despair by a woman with flying books that he sees when he looks up. She gives him one of her books and he leads Morris to a library. Morris comes to life with the books and reciprocates their friendship by taking care of them and making sure they are read by him and others in the community that need them too. At night, after the books go to sleep he continues to work on his own story. Years pass and Morris becomes a very old man. What will become of Morris? What will become of the books that need and love him? Will Morris's own book be able to fly?
I fell in love with this book when it was read to me the first time. I immediately went out and bought three copies for my friends and watched the Academy-award winning film on Youtube. As part of Read Across America week I collaborated with an English teacher and used this book as a read-aloud in the high school classroom. I first had students share their favorite childhood stories and we talked about those feelings that came along with the memories. We discussed major themes in children's literature. Then I had the students watch the short film of this book and asked them to determine the major themes and storyline. We ended the class by going over the origins of this book (Hurricane Katrina) and a read-aloud of the book. These students will be sharing their favorite stories with elementary students this week and so the read-aloud was meant to also model what they will be doing.”
“I read this one to my daughter and absolutely loved it. The illustrations were bright and interesting and the story was wonderful, one of those that both kids and adults can enjoy. It was based on an award winning short film that was described as a "hybrid of Hurricane Katrina and Buster Keaton". ”Chicago Librarian wrote this review Tuesday, February 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book to introduce books as an amazing opportunity to explore the world. ”Laura wrote this review Monday, February 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love to read to kids, particularly my own, but I also love the opportunity to read to the kids that come into the library. I try (with varying success in the middle of drama rehearsals, karate classes, piano lessons, etc) to read to my kids every night. It doesn’t matter that they are 11 and 16 and perfectly able to read by themselves, there is something about sharing a story aloud and sharing it as a family. Sometimes it’s a picture book, sometimes a classic, sometimes a new juvenile or young adult chapter book that has appeared on the library shelves, but we all enjoy the time in the evening, curled up on the couch, sharing a story.
Children’s books are no less engrossing than those written for adults. Whether they are teaching a moral lesson, taking you on an adventure, or just plain silly, these books really can be enjoyed by people of any age, and are always best when they are shared.
I have a special affinity for picture books. I can get lost in the illustrations which can add so much to a story, taking you to different times and places, making you laugh, or just awing you with the works of art contained within the pages of a children’s book. As a self-admitted bibliophile, what could be better than picture books about books?
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is by far my favorite book about books. The illustrations are truly magical, as is the story of a man who spends his life being surrounded by, caring for, and being cared for by, books. And as his story is finished, the cycle begins anew, with the books remaining the one constant. As much as I love the book, and I do, immensely, the short animated film that preceded the book is perhaps even more fantastic (and I NEVER say that about a film!). It won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film and can be found on iTunes. I highly recommend that any book lover own both!”
“In this book, Morris Lessmore loves books very much. One day, his books come to life and his life is changed forever. Morris dedicated his life to writing a good story that would help others find their love of reading.
This is a very creative book that inspires young readers to read. The pictures are very detailed and the black and white/colored pictures go along with the theme and feeling of each page. The author truly makes books come to life by showing them flying through the sky and giving them faces as they read to Morris.
This book reminded me of the Wizard of Oz. I'm not very familiar with specific children's books so I do not know which other books I would pair this book with. This book is very unique.
A delicious quote from this story is "'Everyone's story matters' said Morris. And all the books agreed."”
“Sometimes it takes a lot to laugh, a children's book to cry. This one is brilliant.”Josephus Vigilanticus wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No