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Read to Remember with an Essay by Vesper Stamper
On New Year’s Eve, as the ball dropped into 2011, I was drawing a little girl clinging to the legs of a flying eagle. It was the first time in my years as an illustrator that I truly felt a story come to me. That story grew into the first novel I wrote, an as-yet-unpublished work set in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. As I wrote, I began to feel that if I were going to write as authentically as possible, a place so otherworldly could only be experienced first-hand. So in 2013, I traveled on an arts grant to a little village on the edge of the world, where I lived for several weeks until I felt I knew the soil and sea well enough to write about them.
Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card Discussion Guide
Americanized is the hilarious, poignant, and true story of one teen’s experience growing up in America as an undocumented immigrant from the Middle East.
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The Lorax By Dr. Seuss
Long before “going green” was mainstream, Dr. Seuss’s Lorax spoke for the trees and warned of the dangers of disrespecting the environment. In this cautionary rhyming tale (printed on recycled paper) we learn of the Once-ler, who came across a valley of Truffula Trees and Brown Bar-ba-loots, and how his harvesting of the tufted trees changed the landscape forever. The Lorax and his classic tale educate a new generation of young readers not only about the importance of seeing the beauty in the world around us, but also about our responsibility to protect it.