Four days about birds, 2 books, 2 movies and I was all set to write about another bird book when I took a bribe (iced coffee is a wonderful bribe for me) to not write about birds to end the week.
So let’s move on and forget about the birds and change the focus to: No Talking by Andrew Clements.
Clements, a former elementary school teacher has been writing books for children for years and has become a household name since the publication of Frindle in 1996. No Talking was published last year I have read this book aloud to 2 separate groups: A summer school group of children at Norge Elementary School and my daughter’s 5th grade class this year at Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School with great results!
Dave Packer is researching a school report on India and while he is preparing for his oral report he reads that Gandhi practiced not talking one day a week to clear his mind. Dave decides he can do that as well and the novel is set moving. Dave forgets his one day promise to not talk when he over hears a girl in the lunchroom and the two set up a competition: Boys against the Girls, No Talking for Two Days.
Mr. May’s 5th grade class held the same competition around Thanksgiving, the boys claim the girls cheated (I wouldn’t have expected anything different) but the girls won…but who is the winner in the novel, and more importantly what lessons are learned?