Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes by Jeanette Winter –OPTIONAL

Winter, Jeanette Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes 40 pgs. Beach Lane Books, 2014. $17.99 Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G. PICTURE BOOK  NON-FICTION
Joseph Cornell loved to quietly dream and make shadowboxes in his home in New York. They were like little windows into his memories and ideas. He eventually had an art exhibit where he displayed his artwork at a height just for children.
This felt more like a tribute to the artist, though it is a functional biography. I think students would have trouble connecting to this book on their own. This book requires some illumination from a teacher both on context and vocabulary. Might work for a unit on creating shadow boxes/dream boxes. The illustrations are peaceful and serene. I feel inspired to make a dream box myself now!
EL (K-3) -OPTIONAL  Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.

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