Stranger in the Mirror: Allen Say

 

Stranger in the Mirror

Author/Illustrator: Allen Say
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 1995
Brief Summary: A young boy wakes up to find that his face has transformed into that of an old man.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Why did the boy dream that he’s turned into an old man?  How do you think he feels about being old in the beginning of the book?
  • How did the teasing from his friends at school make him feel?
  • What finally made him feel okay about the way he looked?  What lessons did he learn about aging?

Accessed at: Vancouver Public Library

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Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge: Mem Fox

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

Author: Mem Fox
Illustrator: Julie Vivas
Publisher: Kane/Miller
Publication Year: 1984
Brief Summary: A small boy helps his aging friend gain back some of her memories.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Children’s Books on Aging, 2004 ; ALSC American Library Association
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Make a mini book of your own memories: something warm, something from a long time ago, something that makes you cry, that makes you laugh, something that’s precious as gold.  (Let students know ahead of time they can bring in things from home they would want to include in their memory book.)
  • Older students: write an essay about their most precious memories (using same categories) or have them interview their grandparents/parents and write essay about their memories.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library