Recommended for ages 0-5. The true story of Chinese American film star Anna May Wong, whose trail-blazing career in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s broke new ground for future generations of Asian American actors.
In the 1850s, during the time of the California Gold Rush, Rosabel and Sophie become best friends because they are both outsiders. Rosabel is African American and Sophie is Jewish. Rosabel has freedom papers, but her mother, Miz Violet, is a runaway slave. #CCSS #readaloud #Californiabooks #CommonCore #ELA #literacy #California #diverselit
One of the things I learned in this novel is that the folding of 1001 paper cranes by the bride for her wedding is more specifically a Japanese American custom, by way of Hawaii. While Japanese folk tradition does tell of the healing powers and good fortune that come from folding 1000 paper cranes, the 1001 cranes for a wedding seem to have arisen from a Hawaiian context.
Biography by Tanya Lee Stone -This is a wonderful biography about the first woman doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell. It is a beautiful story about how Elizabeth overcame many obstacles to make her dream of becoming a doctor a reality. I would use this book to introduce a unit on famous women. I would have my students each research and present information on a famous woman. I would use this book for grades 2nd-5th.