Tells the true story of a man who became lost and delirious after an unsuccessful trek to the top of K2, was saved by the locals of a remote Himalayan village, and kept his vow to return one day to build them a new school as a gesture of sincere appreciation and gratitude for what they did for him in his time of need.
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The story, of Greg Mortensen's follow-though on a promise to build a school in a remote village after the people there helped him recover after a failed mountain climb in the area, is inspiring. A scrapbook with actual photographs of the villagers and the school at the end of the book shows children the story is true.
The artwork will encourage children to create their own collages, and the story will prompt them to consider ways in which one person's actions can make such a difference. I will definitely be purchasing this book for the curriculum collection of my university's library.
Librarians can use this book in many ways. An excellent choice for story time, the story invokes excitement for learning while educating children about less fortunate countries, their struggles to obtain schools and achieve a proper education. Originating from a true story, this book also can also be a starting off point for fundraisers, pen-pal groups or simply demonstrating how one person can make a difference. The collage illustrations could also be a good jumping off point for an arts and crafts class where the children can become interactive with the images and create their own. The inclusion of a librarian donating books to each establishment also serves as a representation of the importance of libraries within the community as a useful resource of knowledge.
I love multicultural books and I love biographies. This biography shows what one committed person can accomplish when inspired. Greg listens to the wind after his friend has died. In the wind he hears the sound of children holding their classes outside, they have no classroom but the outdoors, no physical school buildings exist. Greg knows now what he has to do, build a school for these children.
Younger children will appreciate the fabric collage pictures and the photos at the end of the book. Older children will be able to check out Greg's website for more photos and information about school building projects currently underway.
The artwork was done in a collage style with lots of depth and dimension - it's definitely visually engaging, but in some instances when the artist was trying to show details in how they built the school, I couldn't really tell what she was trying to convey. The artwork did not do a great job in "telling" the story. The photographs at the end did a much better job.
For the age group, it's a nice introduction to the story and will hopefully spark their interest in learning more about how to help kids in other nations and will hopefully spark their own generous natures!
The picture book has very original collage illustrations by award winning artist Susan Roth which adds an interesting texture and 3-D quality to the illustrations. The story itself is quite simplistic and to the point, but manages to convey a sense of the culture and life of the children of Korphe.
It was nominated for the Flicker Tale Children's Book Award for non –fiction 2010, and the Black Eyed Susan book award for 2010. It won the ALA Notable Children's Books - Younger Readers Category: 2010.
review: this is an excellent example of informational literature for students. The beautiful illustrations help tell the story of Greg Mortenson's journey of being helped by the people of pakistan and in turn aiding in the building of a school for
A nurse came to a village to help out, and promised to come back and help build the children a school.
I enjoyed that this book was a true story; it had great illustrations, and taught a good lesson.
Classroom extension ideas:
1. After reading the book each child can tell
2. Children could draw a picture of how they would want their school to look like if they got to build their own school.
Personal Reaction: I really like the collages in this book. They really stand out. This book is a good book to show students that other countries are different in culture and and other ways. This book is a good multicultural book for younger children.
Classroom extensions: 1. Have children write about differences and similarities among the students in this book and the class themselves. 2. I can use this book to introduce my students to different cultures.