Summer of the Monkeys

Check out the book, Summer of Monkeys, by Wilson Rawls, as recommended in this post on A Teacher’s Reflection blog.

A Teacher's Reflections

Every summer I get lost in books.  Sometimes there is one that sticks with me for a long time.  A very long time.  This summer I read Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls.  I can’t let go of the words, the feeling, the pictures in my head (just like I tell my preschoolers).

Whenever I read a new book, first I flip to the back cover to read about the author and the illustrator.  Wilson Rawls wrote a classic, Where the Red Fern Grows.  He grew up in the Midwest, and he did not have access to books until he was in high school.  I was stunned.  His writing is fluid.  His words are a quiver of arrows, shot to the heart.

Jay Berry Lee and his family move to Oklahoma at the end of the nineteenth century.  Life is good, full of hard work and the beauty of…

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