Now on the Spirit of PaperTigers website, feedback from Winnie J. Porter, Library Media Teacher at Monroe and Fairmount Elementary Schools in San Francisco, and, a new participant this year, Shree Amar Jyoti Gaun Pharka Primary School in the Pokhara Valley, Nepal, with feedback from Nicki Clive, who was a Volunteer Teacher there from October – November 2011.
Both Winnie and Nicki have provided in-depth feedback – do head over and read all they have said. In the meantime, here are a few special snippets:
Monroe and Fairmount Elementary Schools
A funny note: one little grade student was the first to notice [in Biblioburro] that the bandit was sitting under a tree reading the stolen book. After that, either I or another student pointed it out. The kids loved that part!
A Child’s Garden, I only read to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes (ages 7-10). This was the favorite of the older kids. I prefaced it by asking them what they thought the “author’s purpose” was in writing this book. Of course, they were disappointed that more details were not provided and they wanted more. We talked about what country this could be happening in. With older kids, I would have pushed for them to think about this happening in our own country: a great way to discuss immigration, our marginalized citizens, what the wall symbolizes…
Some students were very sophisticated in their thinking; others were very limited by their skills in English. They were particularly angry with the soldiers. They also commented as to why the two kids did not talk to each other. [...] This book could certainly be used to teach a whole unit on various subjects: immigration, environment, class struggle, survival, hope…
When the PaperTigers books first arrived there was a certain amount of apprehension from the Nepalese teachers who thought that the books were too precious to be shared with the children because they might get damaged. It was such a joy to see a child being allowed to pick up a book at the end of my stay to look at the pictures and discuss the story with friends.
Rain School: this uplifting book was the children’s favorite. They loved the illustrations and returned to look at the book again and again. There was much that was familiar to them in the pictures. Many have seen tailors working outside on their sewing machines and the majority of children have a family goat. They related to the children in the book learning their alphabet and they have experienced the monsoon rains washing away buildings and roads.
All the pupils in the school were thrilled to have received these lovely books. Watching the little ones being allowed to turn the pages and look at the pictures unsupervised was a very special moment. It was also thrilling to see some older boys picking up Rain School and then looking for Africa on the world map.