Bibliographic Information: Mitchell, M. K. (1998). Uncle Jed’s Barbershop. New York: Aladdin.
Brief Annotation: Sarah Jean’s Uncle Jed has always wanted his own barbershop but he encounters many obstacles on the way to achieving his dream.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Grade Level: K-3
Readers who will like this: Children who like historical fiction; children who like stories about achieving dreams; children who like stories about family.
Rating/Response: 4 This book is a great read! The illustrations are beautiful and the story is set in the segregated South of the 1920’s, so there are some ideas of segregation and such that students can discuss.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What would you be willing to do to achieve your dream?
Reading Strategy: Synthesizing
Rationale for Strategy: This book would make a good book for teaching synthesizing because students can easily use the “someone…wanted…but…so” technique to summarize the story, use their prior knowledge of the time era of the story, and their questions and inferences from the story to create meaning or change their thinking.
Posted by: Jenna Bosch