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What is a tradition?

A tradition is a belief, idea or custom that is handed down from one generation to the next.  The Thanksgiving Holiday is an American tradition because most Americans celebrate this holiday.

In the historical fiction story, Milly and Macy’s Parade, we learned that it was the Macy’s immigrant employees that brought some of their old world traditions to help create the first Macy’s parade.

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In Balloons Over Broadway, we learned about the true story of Tony Sarg, the puppeteer who helped to create the large balloons that are now a tradition in the Macy’s Parade.  Did you know that Tony was an immigrant also?

Can you think of some other American traditions?

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving?

What are some of your family traditions?

 

Mock Caldecott 2014 Part 2

This is our second post about the books we are reviewing for our Mock Caldecott.  Click here to read Part 1.

 

unicorn

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea

This book is about  a goat and a unicorn.  The goat is jealous of the unicorn because he gets more attention.  We think the illustrator did good work because he put in lots of bright colors.  It is very colorful and looks like a cartoon. (written by Ashley and Maeve)

 

little red writing

Little Red Writing by Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

This story is about a little pencil called Little Red.  She is writing a story and pretends she is in the story.  I like how Little Red is a pencil and all the characters are pencils.  The erasers are the heads of the pencil people.  I thought the illustrator did a good job with the Wolf 3000 pencil sharpener.  It looked like a wolf.  I also thought the illustrations were awesome because I like how the Granny pencil was so small and there were pencils shavings on the floor!  It was so funny. (written by Carson and Julian)

fish and snail

The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman

This is why we think the book should win the Mock Caldecott.  The story is about 2 best friends named Fish and Snail. Our favorite page is when Snail splashes down into the next book.  We like how the author uses blue for the ocean.  We like how the author makes a book inside a book.  We also like how they jump out of one book and into another.  This book stands out because the illustrations really show the characters feelings. (written by Sarah and Ryan C.)

flora

Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

This story is about a little girl named Flora and a flamingo.  The flamingo is dancing and the little girl is copying.  We liked the illustrations because they used the colors pink, black, gray and white.  This book is special because it has no words and it is a flap book. (written by Xiomara and Cheyenne)

Come back tomorrow because we plan on posting more about our Mock Caldecott books!

Have you read these books?

If not go to your library and check them out!