Atlantic City, NJ -- August 26, 2007

Reading My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult.

Her favorite books--The Beekeeper (not sure by who), Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston, Rich Dad Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki.

She’s a second grade teacher in Brooklyn. (Coincidence that I met another Brooklyn teacher so close by to the last reader.)

Last year she taught first grade and did an author study of Mem Fox, an Australian writer, who writes about Australian animals and about unconditional love.

This year she’ll be teaching the second grade and will read to the kids Cynthia Rylant's books on family relations, ties, bonding. One book is called The Relatives Came--it's about all the things you have to do when they visit.

The Koran is the most important book in her life. She also tries to carry also a book that gives the ways of how to keep the laws--Make Wudu & Salaah Like the Prophet, by Shaykh Muhhamad S. Adly.

She’s reading My Sister's Keeper because her daughter gave it to her--it’s about a sister who is able to be helped by her sister with a bone marrow transplant and the difficulty of wanting or not wanting to make the sacrifice. She had cancer herself, and the cancer is, thankfully, now in remission, so it's something their family can relate to.

Her daughter is thirty-one and she just bought her a cute little children’s book to share with her second-graders about a grandma who has a magic window in her kitchen.

Her daughter used to teach special education and is now a literacy coach.

What’s special about Brooklyn—the diversity of people and their cultures. You don’t have to go all the way to Manhattan to see shows...and there are beautiful parks and cultural centers, museums--you can find everything and anything in Brooklyn. It’s divided by ethnicity. There’s a Chinatown, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, African Americans, Puerto Ricans. They all live in their little nook and it’s really nice.

No comments: