Saturday, September 3, 2011

3rd September Skyscraper Day

It is interesting that skyscrapers have a day, not that they are not worth highlighting and especially doing it using children's books. This week I bought a new book for the library with 'skyscrapers' in the title so they were certainly highlighted for me. The book Star Gazers, Skyscrapers and Extraodinary Sausages by Claudia Boldt is about Henrietta and her dog Frank and actually has little to do with skyscrapers, but the title is catchy and the illustrations and the feel of the book are wonderful. Certainly lots to talk about with a class here, even if it is not skyscrapers.

A book that is set on a skyscraper in Brisbane is Narelle Oliver's beautiful Home about birds that have been forced to find a new home and choose a highrise roof. Another is the Caldecott Medal winning The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein which looks at an event that really did occur between two buildings that no longer do.

And of course there are a myriad of non-fiction titles worth exploring. The very large and very heavy Skyscraper by Lynn Curley has text that is far beyond my clientele's reading abilities but they seem to love poring over the pictures and the sheer size of the book. Seymour Simon's Skyscrapers is perfect reading and information-wise.

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