Thursday, March 13, 2014

Mare's War

Bookshop read the book Mare's War by Tanita S. Davis in February. A pair of sisters are sour about spending the summer on a cross country roadtrip with their unconventional grandmother, Mare. Over the course of the trip, Mare tells her granddaughters about how she ran away from home as a teenager in Louisiana and joined the Women's Army Corps. As she describes the challenges she faced as a woman and an African American in the war, her granddaughter's view of their kooky grandma begins to shift.


Over the course of two sessions, Bookshoppers put together a trailer for the book. Enjoy!


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fun with Scratch

In January we read and discussed the book Harry Sue by Susan Stauffacher.

  Bookshoppers had played around with Scratch, a programming language for kids developed at the MIT Media Lab, in our previous session, and this time they were tasked with making an animation in response to the book. Scratch really gives kids the freedom to create characters and scenes that look and feel the way they want them, and with that comes the hard work of figuring out how to move a character across the screen, or develop a scene that matches ones vision.

Here's Jonah's clever take on the Wizard of Oz theme that runs through Harry Sue.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Life As We Knew It

This month Bookshoppers read Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer, in which the moon gets dunted every-so-slightly closer to earth by a meteor. Choas ensues.

This book is about a disaster, but also about the long, uneventful, difficult, and quieter-than-you'd-think days and weeks that follow a disaster.

After a good discussion (which included a fair share of creepy moon stories and gross medical stories) we began our project.

The bookshoppers used Storybird.com to create storybooks loosely related to Life As We Knew It. Storybird allows users to tell a story using stunning illustrations. The real challenge was concentrating on the text, telling the stories we wanted to tell with our own words and the visuals provided for us. They did a terrific job.

Most of these stories are about the moon in one way or another. All of them are spectacular.

The Moon Journey by Naima

Moon by Jonah

Life As We Knew It by Elliot

Stan's Epic 5-Page Adventure by Kai

Life As We Knew It by Maya

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Seraphina



Bookshop is back!  We took a few months off to soak up some sunshine, but we're back! We met this month to discuss the book Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. This books was exciting and full of dragons, and left us with a lot to discuss. We used Pixton.com to create comic strips based on the book. Pixton was great because it allowed up to manipulate the characters and props in its image library to suit our needs, without us having to start from scracth. If you put wings on a dinosaur and squint your eyes...
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sanatorium Blues

We read Invincible Microbe: Tuberculosis and the Never Ending Search for a Cure by Jim Murphy and Alison Blank (Clarion Books, 2012) last month, and it was quite a departure from what we'd been reading. Weather disasters and family drama and international espionage are fun to read about when it's fiction, but the danger (sometimes gruesome danger) proposed in Invincible Microbe is the real deal.

Our project was as ambitious as the book choice, so ambitious that it took two sessions to complete. We worked together to create a short film based on the book. Our ideas were grand, and we learned a lot about paring down our visions to a workable place.

The movie depicts some TB patients getting ready for bed in a sanatorium, and was meant to mirror the cover of the book. We were all a little sad we didn't get to include the part where they collapsed people's lungs and then stuffed them with ping-pong balls, but maybe that will be another project, another day.

So, without further ado, I present to you Bookshop's very first film. It's called Sanatorium Blues. Warning, there's a little (LEGO) blood.

Note: A few people have already asked "Is that how you spell sanatorium?!" The answer is it's ONE way to spell it. There are three accepted spellings of the word, including sanitarium, which means (basically) the same thing, but is actually a different word! Sanatorium is apparently the spelling used most often when talking about American and British TB sanatoriums, and is the spelling the authors of the book used.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Bookshop Pile

We read the book Invincible Microbe this month. We made great headway on the project last night, but it's going to take us two sessions to complete. In the meantime, here's are a couple of titles Bookshoppers mentioned last night. Books they read, books they're reading and books they are looking forward to!











Tuesday, April 2, 2013

TRAPPED

Holy smokes. This month we read Trapped by Michael Northrop (Scholastic Press, 2011), and I'll tell you this for free: I don't even need to write a little recap because the Bookshoppers did such an amazing job with their book trailers. Animoto.com allowed us to combine words, photos (most of which came from Flickr's creative commons search tool) and music* to produce a little taste of the book we read.

Citing your sources is always a tough but important part of creation -- these kids took to it like pros, and credited all the photos they used at the end of their videos.

Here we go!



NAIMA'S TRAPPED





SAM'S TRAPPED





KEVIN'S TRAPPED





JONAH'S TRAPPED





BETH'S TRAPPED (I went a different route and decided to focus on the trash can fire characters built in the book. Don't ask.)



*This post is dedicated to Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor.