Thursday, February 28, 2013

Let's talk about forming a union

What a great introduction to collective bargaining. Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin is hilarious. The cows have found a typewriter and are cold in the barn. So begins the negotiations with Farmer Brown. At first Farmer Brown is resistant to the idea of caving in to the demands of his cows. After all, cows that type? That's impossible! But when the cows go on strike and the chickens join in on the fight, Farmer Brown has to rethink his position. What choice does he have? A farmer can't very well run a farm without milk and eggs, can he?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

A whatchamacallit

The beautiful illustations alone make Il Sung Na's The Thingamabob worth a look, but my favorite part is the process of trying to figure out what the unknown item is. One day an elephant is walking along and stumbles upon an umbrella (a.k.a. the thingamabob). He does not know what it is so he spends the rest of the book trying it out. Can he hide behind it? Float in it? Fly with it? It reminds me every time I read it of the wonder the worlds holds.