Bibliographic Information: Bunting, Eve, and David Diaz. Smoky Night. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1994. Print.
Brief Annotation: A young boy and his mother are victims of the Los Angeles Riots of 1992, awakened in the middle of the night they flee their home to a shelter, where two cats teach a powerful lesson of acceptance.
Grade Level: K-4
Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in stories based on true events.
Rating/Response: 3 – This is a very simple book that can be used with a wide variety of ages, though I think the overall design of the book is distracting from the message of the book.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Why are following rules and laws important?
Reading Strategy: Social Studies
Rationale for strategy: This book would be a good read to introduce the topic of civic values and ideals to younger students.
Posted by: Olivia Cyr