"In September 2014, we had the amazing opportunity to host author Gayle Rosengren at Forest Glen Elementary in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. She spoke with all our 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, giving two very different presentations that were both age appropriate and inspiring. She talked about what it was like writing, how much research goes into publishing historical fiction (and what changes you sometimes have to make in your writing because of your research) and also what it was like to tell a story. She has a wonderfully warm personality that both the staff and students appreciated. She went out of her way to encourage the kids to email her directly with their thoughts and/or questions after they read her book, "What the Moon Said," which made the students feel honored. Sometimes it can feel like a gamble having a debut author visit your school; but, I can assure you, everyone will be a winner having personal time with Gayle - she's simply delightful… just like her book."
What the Moon Said is of interest primarily to students in grades 3-5 and is set during the Great Depression of the 1930's but it can also be tied in to the more recent economic crash of 2008 and changes that may have impacted readers' families or friends--job losses, homes lost, moves to smaller homes or apartments. It provides a lot of topics for discussion including: What is love? When, if ever, is it okay to break a rule? Why are families--of two or ten, or any number in between, important?
Since the primary theme of Cold War on Maplewood Street is the importance of communication, and the story takes place against the backdrop of the week of the Cuban Missile Crisis, it's an excellent title to incorporate into a language arts and/or social studies curriculum. Because it talks about fear and war it's perhaps most appropriate for students in 5th-8th grades. It provides some excellent discussion topics, including: Is it ever alright to break a promise? What should you do when you're afraid? What is courage?
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