I do love all things Eve Bunting and there are lots of books to love. I also know that my tastes in picture books lean more to the intermediate/middle school side of the equation because I like to think about the weightier sides of issues in Life. I tried to do Fly Away Home with my 1st and 5th graders during Buddy Day and it fell very flat, in my estimation. So when using Eve Bunting books with primary students I need to be level-headed. Smokey Nights is a controversial book with some because of the setting, the riots in LA. I picked up her newest picture book, Ballywhinney Girl at the library, and I just know if I presented this book to the first or second graders we may have a few disturbed and disgruntled families because the topic is about a young girl and her grandfather finding a corpse in a bog in Ireland. It is wonderfully written, but it definitely has the wow factor that would please an older audience.
But Pop’s Bridge, I comfortably say would work for both audiences. In this era of CCSS Eve is an author that we need to have available in our libraries. She wrote about this historic event through the eyes of a child whose father worked on the Golden Gate Bridge. I love the story. I love the ‘Note from the Author’ at the end. I love the ‘text to world connections’ that should be considered. I love that you can compare and contrast this book to other books with a similar theme.
I also love that she wrote a letter back to this little girl.
Talk about how you would use this book, or what are your favorite parts in this story. How can you use it as a writing mentor text? You may also discuss a book that has worked with your own class this week. TGIF xo