Readers Journal 27- All of a Kind Family Uptown

Dear Readers,
I just finished the book All of a Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor. Many things happen in this book. The girls couldn’t find Lena’s apartment and accidentally ate someone else’s dinner, Mama got her appendix taken out, and Lena had a baby!
I am going to use the trait, thought, on Charlotte, because she forgot to pay for her ticket for the train on her way to her aunts house. Here is a text from the book to support my thinking:
‘ She squeezed the handkerchief knot. A whole nickel! A person could get an awful lot for a nickel! For instance, a pad – a really, truly good one like the Square Deal kind which had such a smooth, white paper. I could write my homework on it with beautiful ink. Or one of those tiny pink celluloid dolls from the Five and Ten. I’d have such fun dressing it for Gertie. I could get a Napoleon! It melts in your mouth with creamy custard just oozing out all over! Or even five Indian Bars with nuts inside! Then I’d give two to Gertie and keep three for myself! Mmm . . . mmmm. Charlotte smacked her lips. ‘
Sincerely,
Nora

Readers Journal 26- Faceless

Dear Readers,
I am reading the book Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel. It is about a girl named Massie, and she had to have a face transplant because, while she was on her morning run, lightning struck a tree, which created a fire, and the fire burnt her nose, cheeks, and nose off. She was in a coma for a couple of months, and when she woke up, she thought that she was still on her run. After she was better and out of the hospital, she was responsible for taking her pills. And, her boyfriend, Chirag, was super clingy and constantly driving Massie places. Massie feels that Chirag is only doing this because he feels bad, and he doesn’t love her anymore. This is not true.
I am going to use the trait Thought, because she thinks a lot about what others think of her. Here is a text from the book about Thought:
‘ No one will know that I used to be an athlete, that there used to be freckles on my nose, that I used to have a dimple in my left cheek. They might wonder how I got these scars, but they’ll be too polite to ask, and I won’t ever tell. ‘
Sincerely,
Nora

Readers Journal 25- More of All a Kind Family

Dear Readers,
I just started reading the second book of all of a kind family, called, More of all of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. I haven’t gotten that far, but it’s about how it’s a couple years later, and Charlie is now a toddler, and the girls are a little older. Little Charlie almost got hit by a row of horse carriages, but a kind lady quickly saved him, and the family is thankful. Ella is excited because she got a letter from a boy who likes her.
Today, I am going to use the trait Action on Henny, because she gets very anxious when its time to go the library, and a little mad when Ella is wearing her hat. Here is a text from the book:
‘ “Say, isn’t that my tam?” Henny was indignant. “Why aren’t you wearing your own?”
“Because yours matches my new skirt. Please let me wear it, Henny.”
“Oh, all right. But you might have asked me first. And hurry up!” ‘
Sincerely,
Nora

Readers Journal 24- All of a Kind Family

Dear Readers,
I finished the book All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. The book is about a Jewish family with five girls, a mom and a dad. All sorts of things happen in this book.
Here is what’s going on with each child:
Ella (12)- Oldest of all the children. You get some clues that she likes papa’s work assistant Charlie
Henny (10)- Not friends with her friend Fanny any more
Sarah (8)- Lost her library book and has to pay for a new one, even though she was saving her money for a doll!
Charlotte (6)- Not really mentioned so much in the book… she loves candy!
Gertie (4)- The youngest, but not for long! (She also likes candy)
I’m going to use the trait Action, on Sarah, because she has a total melt down. Here is a text from the book:
‘ “I can’t eat it! It’ll make me sick! I hate it!” ‘
Sincerely,
Nora

Readers Journal 23- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Dear Readers,
I am reading the book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling. I am not that far (176 out of 749), but whats going on so far is that Harry, Ron, and Hermione aren’t going back to Hogwarts! Instead, they are going to finish what Dumbledore never got to finish… finding the last Horcruxes. Also, Voldemort wants to finish off Harry, since he just turned fourteen, and that’s when your protection charm wears off.
Today, I am going to focus on the trait, Action, because he doesn’t take the news so well when they tell him Mad Eye Moody is dead. Here is a text from the book that supports my thinking:
‘ “I’ve got to go too,” said Harry.
Ten pairs of startled eyes looked at him.
“Don’t be silly, Harry,” said Mrs. Weasley. “What are you talking about?”
“I can’t stay here.”
He rubbed his forehead; it was prickling again, it had not hurt like this for more than a year.
“You’re all in danger while I’m here. I don’t want-” ‘
Sincerely,
Nora

Readers Journal 22- Flesh & Blood So Cheap

Dear Readers,
I am reading the book Flesh & Blood so cheap, by Albert Marrin. It is about these women who were trapped in a sewing factory sewing all day, and they were not aloud out until there job was done. One day, while they were still trapped in the factory, there was a fire in the building, but they still were not aloud out.
Today, I am going to focus on the trait Setting, because there is a lot of explaining of the setting back then. Here is a text from the book that explains my thinking:
‘This photograph by Jacob Riis shows a rear view of tenements on Roosevelt Street, circa 1895. Lines were strung between buildings for hanging clothing since there were no mechanical dryers.’
Sincerely,
Nora

Readers Journal 21- Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts

Dear Readers,
I am reading the book Jewish Fairy Tale Feasts, by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin. This book is a recipe book, but there are fairy tales made to go with the recipes.
I am going to pick my favorite fairy tale, The Demon Who Lived in a Tree. I am going to use the trait, action, on Levi’s 3rd wife, Leah, because she is nice and knows how to handle things.
‘ “Dearest,” said Leah, putting her hands on his, “because she considers herself your bride. After all, even though it was in jest, you did give her the ring and say the wedding vows.”
Levi turned pale “Then burn down that cursed tree.”
Leah shook her head. “No, my husband, that tree is her home. If you do that to her, she might do the same to you.” ‘
Sincerely,
Nora

Readers Journal 20- Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt?

Dear Readers,
I am reading Who Was Eleanor Roosevelt? by Gare Thompson. This story, is obviously, about Eleanor Roosevelt. Basically, she thought of herself as an ugly child. Her mother was known for her beauty, but she wasn’t so nice to Eleanor. Her dad, on the other hand, was very nice to Eleanor, and kept reminding her that she was beautiful. When she was eight, her mother died from diphtheria. Her father died from drinking problems when she was ten. She moved in with her mothers mother. Eleanor had two younger brothers, but one had died from diphtheria, like her mother. Her grandma was very strict. She convinced her grandma to send her to a fancy school in England. After her second year, she was told by her grandma to go home. Then, she convinced her grandma to send her back to the same school. Then, after she was going on a train and met her future husband.
Today, I am using the trait, Apppearence, on Eleanor. Here is a text from the book about Appearance:
‘Eleanor looked so serious because she did not like to smile. She wanted to hide her buckteeth. When Eleanor was a child, dentists did not know how to straighten her teeth with braces. So Eleanor rarely laughed because she thought people would think she was ugly.’
Sincerely,
Nora