Margarita and her family move from New Mexico to Fort Steele Wyoming, where her father has been able to secure a job working on the railroad. Leaving the life she has known for all of her ten years behind, she embarks on a new adventure where she tries to make new friends, navigates growing up and faces discrimination, while at the same time remains true to her Hispanic Heritage.
Starting on September 15, 2020 and concluding on October 15, 2020, Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf will be holding a month long celebration featuring titles by Hispanic Authors. We’ve culled through hundreds of books; read dozens of titles, and have settled on 21 that we know merit your attention.
The tennis great Arthur Ashe said, “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” It is a perfect life lesson to be sure, and I wish I had that quote as motto when I was coaching soccer, both for myself and for my kids. But tennis, better than any other sport I know, reliably rewards that mindset.
In all the team sports (and most of life), kids like me struggle with the sensation of being out of place. Putting a team together, in baseball, softball football and soccer almost always results in participants who at least half the time feel inadequate. A few will revel in stardom, and now and again someone like my Romanian team member, a soccer savant, will appear in a league that offers no challenge at all.
If you’re like me, all discussions of sports begin with trauma. Growing up, I was that cliché, the pudgy kid picked last for every team. My signature sports moment came around fifth grade when the little league team I played on (as the kid in left field who couldn’t catch a fly ball) designated me to be traded to the first-place team. If you’re an athlete, this might strike you as good news. But our league had a practice of making the teams more competitive at midseason by trading the worst player from the last place team (my team) for the best player from the first-place team. Imagine the ignominy of meeting your new teammates: “Hi, I’m here to ruin your chances.”
This in-depth interview goes over the advantages of a wordless picture book in promoting reading comprehension, vocabulary development and the development of social/emotional skills 4-8 year olds. The interview also discusses the process undertaken by Hartry in developing the book and getting it to publication; as well as her collaboration with the illustrator.
The Team behind OVER IN THE WOODLAND A MYTHOLOGICAL COUNTING JOURNEY opens up to Mr. Alex about the creative process and the pedagogical purposes behind the book. This time we focus on the Illustrations!
The Team behind OVER IN THE WOODLAND A MYTHOLOGICAL COUNTING JOURNEY opens up to Mr. Alex about the creative process and the pedagogical purposes behind the book.
In this second part of a two-part interview, Balcárcel opens up to Mr. Alex about the process behind her debut Middle Grade Novel! THIS INTERVIEW HAS MANY MANY MANY SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL! Plus, it’s an up close and personal look at the author.
Rebecca Balcárcel opens up to Mr. Alex about her debut Middle Grade Novel, THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY, in the first of a two part YouTube interview.