Week at a Glance
- Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Bull’s-Eye A Photobiography of Anne Oakley by Sue Macy
- writing a bio poem with kids
- FREE printable bio poem outline
- more great biographies for kids continued from last week
Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Bull’s-Eye A Photobiography of Anne Oakley
by Sue Macy
Why we love this book:
Annie Oakley has become almost a mythical figure. A real person turned into a sharp shooting tall tale. Sue Macy decided she wanted to write a more accurate account of this strong woman from her own family. The book brings to light the hard life of Phoebe Ann Moses Butler. Annie lived a life in extreme childhood poverty and after loosing her father she picked up a gun to help feed her family. She was a natural and was soon providing meat to local restaurants. But that was not the end of her hardships. She lived two years with an abusive farmer as a child laborer. By the end of her 20-year career, Oakley had toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, performed on Broadway, and garnered acclaim from around the world.
The book includes numerous period photos with credits, posters, memorabilia, a resource list, and a chronology. I would recommend this book for a bit older children, grades 3 – 8 (or even older). However, the photos on every page make it easy to share with younger children. I personally read the book first and then highlighted few facts for Miss Enigma, age 6.
By the way is that not a great quote from Annie Oakley? “No, not the first time, not the second time and maybe not the third. But keep on aiming and keep on shooting for only practice will make you perfect. Finally, you’ll hit the bull’s-eye of success.” Aiming high, persistence and practice are wonderful messages for our children.
Writing Biography Poems with Children
Print this FREE template: Bio Poem
Since we’ve been reading biographies during journal time, I invited MacGyver to write a biography poem in his journal. The simple bio poem template is an easy introduction to writing a biography.
Bio Poem, MacGyver, age 10
First we brainstormed a list of adjectives for both MacGyver and his sister. They had quite a bit of fun helping each other come up with describing words.
Next, MacGyver used the bio poem template to write a rough draft. I let him pick and choose which lines he wanted to include in his poem.
Last, he used Publisher to create a final draft of his bio poem, including personal photos.
More Biographies for Children
On a Beam of Light A Story of Albert Einstein
by Jennifer Berne
This book about one of our greatest thinkers is definitely written for a younger audience. But the content is certainly appealing to older children as well. I think it is especially encouraging to those who function a bit outside-of-the-box. Albert hardly said a word. He was so different. Was something wrong? When Albert’s father gave him a compass, he suddenly knew there were mysteries in the world. Jennifer Berne tells the encouraging story of a boy who didn’t want to be like other students. “He wanted to discover the hidden mysteries in the world.” The book ends by challenging children to wonder, think and imagine. Isn’t that what education should be all about?
Carry On Mr. Bowditch
by Jean Lee Latham
I don’t even know how I stumbled upon this book. We were in the thick of studying about the founding of The United States and the American Revolution when I randomly pulled Carry On Mr. Bowditch off the shelf. I read the back cover about “Nat,” an eighteenth-century nautical wonder and mathematical wizard who mastered the navigation of the seas and wrote the sailor’s bible, The American Practical Navigator . . .
Sound boring, well think again! Nathanial Bowditch lived a life of unbelievable hardship and loss. However, the life of this self-educated man is truly inspiring and full of ocean voyage adventures! If you have a child that is always dreaming, inventing and creating you’ve got to read this book! MacGyver and I read this book together as it is set in Salem, Massachusetts in the 1700’s and heavily focuses on the world of sailing. Both of us got quite a sailing history education. I would recommend this book for grades 6 and up. Having said that, at age 9 MacGyver and I read this book aloud to each other.
MacGyver’s only complaint was that “everyone” kept dying. It really brought to life how hard life was in early America.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: A Biography
by William Anderson
Have you noticed there’s not much family entertainment on T.V. these days? Consequently, we began checking out The Little House on the Prairie TV series from our local library. The children were immediately hooked. They beg to watch Little House on the Prairie on nights when we finish dinner early. I am amazed at how wholesome this series is and can’t believe that it was ever a hit during prime time viewing. God, family, friendship and doing the right thing are always in the mix.
Well TV and real life are two very different things. This biography introduces children to the real Laura Ingalls Wilder. Even if you’ve read The Little House on the Prairie book series, you’ll learn many new facts about the Ingalls family, Laura, Almanzo and Rose. The book fills in the gaps and kind-of puts Laura’s life all together, including photos. It’s also fascinating to read how the Little House on the Praire books came to be. Recommended reading for grades 3 – 8.
The Kid Who Named Pluto
by Marc McCutcheon
Do you want to encourage your children to think, research, problem solve and invent? Then this is the book for you. This book includes nine short biographies about teens who made significant contributions to science. From braille, to television, to fossils your children will be inspired to imagine and investigate. I like books about curious people who follow their curiosities! Well this one highlights nine such young people. Recommended reading for grade 3 – 8.
Life with Jeannine
We’re GIVING AWAY one Hard Cover copy of Bull’s Eye by Sue Macy
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