Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Towers Falling by Jewell Parker Rhodes


Before I began reading this book for the second time, Towers Falling, I remembered that all the students I would ever have a discussion with about September 11th were not alive that day. So this world that we live in, the after.. Is all they ever will know.


Watch this book trailer, Towers Falling Rhodes by Jewell Parker Rhodes:


The characters in this story are learning about 9/11 in their 5th grade class in Brooklyn, a classroom that once had the twin towers in view of their window. Ben - he knows about 9/11 because his father enlisted in the military right after it happened. Sabeen is Muslim, so she is very aware of the discrimination and hatred of her people, as a result of the 9/11 attacks. Deja - she knows nothing about 9/11.

Writing about September 11th through the eyes of children learning about it in school was a terrific approach on Jewell Parker Rhodes - reading about other kids dealing with it. She wrote this book in the hopes that it would be taught in schools, I believe that this would be a great part of the curriculum in the 5th or 6th grade as it is a gentle walk through this part of history that still affects us today.

I give it a 5 out of 5 for the students can relate well to the setting and the characters! Even as an adult I teared up several times through the book, re-living the moments that I remember through the eyes and ears of these characters.

9-11 Sounds of Silence Tribute (Disturbed) from Cris Piaseinsa on Vimeo.

I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book every weekday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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