TBT Book Review: A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

throwback thursday reading tubWelcome to our
Throwback Thursday Book Review!

Last week we launched our weekly feature with an invitation to share your review of Redwoods by Jason Chin. This week, we’ve pulled another review from the May 2009 archives …

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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
written by Marla Frazee
HMH Books for Young Readers, 2008

James and Eamon spend a week of their summer vacation at Eamon’s grandparents’ beach house. Eamon’s grandfather thought that going to Nature Camp would be a good idea. He also tried to get the boys interested in his favorite place: Antarctica.

After having a full schedule all week, they discovered something interesting when they stopped. Can it be there is fun in everyday things? This is a cross between a picture book and a comic book, where the dialogue is in balloons.

Reading Tub Review Date: May 2009


Why a Throwback Thursday for Book Reviews?

Those of us who blog about books are a community. We read lots of books, we write lots of reviews, and we share those reviews with fellow book lovers and those in search of books for children and teens.

We write so many reviews that, over time, they get buried by other, newer reviews. BUT! that book we read three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Here are the participation guidelines:

  • If you reviewed the same book we’re featuring, add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in May 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you liked; but it does have to be a review that you take a lot of pride in.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

 

Throwback Thursday – Reading Tub Style

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Throwback Thursday – affectionately known as TBT – is an Internet MEME that is most commonly associated with sharing an old photo of yourself via social media. TBT is most commonly associated with Instagram, but you can find it on just about any social sharing network.

The heart of Throwback Thursday is community. Those of us who blog about books are a community, right? So [I thought to myself] Why not start a Throwback Thursday for book reviews?

We read lots of books, and we’ve written tons of reviews … reviews of books that, over time, might be forgotten. A book we read and reviewed three years ago will always be new to some reader, somewhere. So why not share that review with a new audience?

Starting today and continuing every Thursday, we will host the Reading Tub #TBT Book Review. Each Thursday, I will pull a review from the archive and post it on the blog. Here are our participation guidelines

  • If you reviewed that same book, feel free to add your permalink to the original review on the Reading Tub website or in the InLinkz Linkup.
  • Want to (re)share a review you posted in May 2009, then add your permalink in the InLinkz Linkup. [No, it doesn’t have to be a book you liked; but it does have to be a review you’re proud of.]
  • Add any notes about the review in the comments, please.

The first book for our Throwback Thursday is …

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Written and illustrated by Jason Chin
Roaring Brook Press, 2009

A young boy finds a book about redwood trees sitting on the seat of the subway. He reads it on his way home and imagines himself at the places the book describes. After his adventures in the pages of the book, he leaves the book on a park bench for another child to pick up and read.

This is a picture book that illustrates just how much you can get into a book.

Reading Tub Review Date: May 2009


Can you taste it? a 5 Senses Poem – Yum!

5 senses poem ideas Next up in my poetic journey is a 5 senses poem I wrote about friendship.

As you would expect, with a 5 senses poem, each line draws on one of our five senses –

  • taste
  • touch
  • smell
  • sight
  • sound

In her explanation of 5 senses poems at the Make and Take blog, colors can make great sensory poetry, too.

Friendship – a 5 Senses Poem

sample sensing poemz
Friendship is a spring color
It smells like a rose
And tastes like apple pie
friendship sounds like a songbird
And feels like a furry white kitten.

If I were writing a 5 senses poem about friendship today, it would be …

Friendship is iridescent
It smells like cinnamon
With a taste of hot cocoa
It is the sound of raindrops on a tin roof
Reminding your heart that it is happy and full.

Resources for 5 Senses Poems

In my poetry notebook, the 5 senses poem was called a “sensing poem.” In doing some research that seems to be a different type of poetry. A fun way to enjoy 5 senses poems as a family might be to have each person name a color, then have everyone at the table apply a “sense” to it. For example, if my daughter chose the color purple, I might say that “purple tastes like blueberries” or “purple feels like velvet.” Because it centers on descriptive language, everyone can share; you don’t have to know how to read or write to create poetry!

Check out these resources for writing 5 senses poems.

We’d love to see some of the activities you have planned for National Poetry Month, too. Be sure to leave a comment with a link to your poetry post and we’ll stop by to visit. We promise to leave a comment, too!