Friday, May 24, 2013

Kelly Cunnane

Beautiful illustrations and fluent text break the reader out of their own shoes, and into the role of a barefoot Kenyan child. A peak into the life  of one little boy, who is a curious about the world as they are.

Kelly's workshops are high energy and students really felt the soul of East Africa through artifacts, fabrics, and objects made from local wood. Kelly uses drama and free writing as a scaffold into exploring thinking around cultures.
After the Kelly Cunnane author visit, Island Readers & Writers and The Catherine Johnson Fund, purchased a copy of The White Giraffe for each 4th and 5th grader to read over the summer. Island Readers & Writers / Friends Over Books,  provided some discussion questions too. Our hope was to provide a cultural transaction with text, sparking an interest in knowing more.

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