It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr


Number The Stars

I always meant to read this book, but never got around to it. I’m glad I finally did! Number the Stars takes place in Copenhagen during WWII. The story is told from the perspective of ten year old Annemarie. She and her family are not Jewish, but their longtime friends and next door neighbors, the Rosens are.When the Rosens are forced to go into hiding, the leave their daughter with Annemarie and her family. The family then works to reunite the Rosen family and ensure their safe departure. I thought this book did a great job of illustrating this time period to younger children. It was mild enough to be age appropriate, but the author still conveyed the seriousness of the situation.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

This book chronicles the tales of Peter and his crazy little brother, Fudge. Fudge is always causing trouble, and gets away with it because of his charm and cuteness. Peter wishes life would be a little more normal, but that’s never the case with Fudge around. This is such a fun read! I would recommend this book and it’s series to anyone that hasn’t read it.


Fudge is back! This book brings a whole new set of experiences. Peter and Fudge’s mom has a baby named Tamara, but everyone just calls her Tootsie. (Peter’s sure his mom really just wanted a candy shop, not two more children.) The family also decides to move away from New York for a year to see how they like being out of the city. Moving doesn’t stop Fudge from causing the same craziness as normal! These books remind me of the Ramona series. It think that someone that liked those books would enjoy these.


6 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #imwayr

  1. I remember seeing Number the Stars in my 8th grade history class. The teacher never talked about it but I was always interested in it. I might just have to go check it out to see if I’d enjoy it. Usually I go for more fun books but I might give it a try. Where did you find it?


    • I happened to find mine on a clearance table in Barnes and Noble! I think it would be worth the read. It isn’t quite as graphic or depressing as other Holocaust books that I’ve read. I think a 3rd grader could read it and grasp the severity of the matter without it going above their maturity level.


  2. I’m glad you had a chance to read Number the Stars! Lots of teachers from my Teacher Feature series recommended it for upper grades, and I felt like it did a great job of introducing the time period in a gentle way. Could you see yourself reading the book aloud to students?


  3. I have been wanting to reread some Judy Blume books this semester but haven’t gotten around to it yet. (Especially after I read a biography of Blume a couple of weeks ago. Kathleen Krull’s Women Who Broke the Rules series–great story!) I think I will start with Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing!


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