Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tuesday Book Club Linky Party- John Lithgow Books!


Welcome to the Tuesday Book Club Linky Party!  I will be posting the 2nd Tuesday of every month  with a favorite Story book to read or sing.   (... I know it's Wednesday...- my internet at home was really spotty last night due to a storm). There are so many great books out there that students (and teachers) love! If you are a blogger feel free to link up and share your favorite book to read/ sing to your students by following the directions at the end of the post. The linky party will always be open until the end of the month.

This month I decided to focus on some of my Favorite John Lithgow books-  Marsupial Sue, Illustrated by Jack E. Davis and The Remarkable Farkle McBride, Illustrated by C.F. Payne.

I just got Marsupial Sue and it is so adorable.  See a Video of John Lithgow singing the story below:


This is the story of a young kangaroo who longs to be a koala, a platypus, or anything other than a kangaroo -- until she discovers why it's best to be who she is (description from Barnes and Noble). It is an adorable song (with the music in the back of the book!) that gets stuck in your head easily but it is so cute that I don't mind.



I love this book because it teachers kids that they are awesome just being who they are!  They don't have to dress differently, or be a class clown, or be super great at math, or be a great singer to be who they are- teachers and friends will accept them no matter what.  Everyone is good at, and meant for, different things in this world- if we were all the same, how boring would that be! Get the book HERE

My other favorite John Lithgow book is The Remarkable Farkle McBride.



Click HERE to see John Lithgow reading this one (I couldn'f find this one on youtube which is why the video isn't directly embedded into the post).  He is so expressive that sometimes, I show the videos instead of reading myself to save my voice- the students love it!

This is a hilarious book with really funny pictures about a boy, Farkle McBride, who keeps trying different instruments- Violin, Flute, Trombone, and "the entire percussionist section".  He quickly masters each instrument, but then gets bored or frustrated with it and throws it away (or into a lake).  At the end it is revealed that he actually loves "Musicians All Playing Together" and he becomes a conductor and is thus finally satisfied with his musical experience.  This book is great for introducing the families of the orchestra and is really fun for the teacher to read and the students to listen to.  I always imitate the instrument sounds, yell when Farkle yells, etc and it is the most requested book in my classroom.   You can get the book HERE

Click the link below to link up and join in the fun! Don't forget to save the picture at the top of this blog post and insert it into your blog post with a link back to this page!  When you click the link it will take you to a new page where you copy the link to your blogpost and you will be all set!





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