In this week’s library classes Grade 3-5 have shared the amazing story Chee-Lin: A giraffe’s journey by James Rumford. It was interesting to learn about Chinese exploration before the time of Christopher Columbus. It was also incredible to think that giraffes and other animals were taken from the wild in East Africa and transported all the way to India and China. We were feeling for the poor animals, far away from their family and home!

We were also talking about how giraffes communicate in sounds that we can’t hear, and you can learn more about that from this video:


Half Spoon of Rice


Recently, Grade 5 students have been learning about different forms of government. This week in Grade 5 library lessons we read the heart-wrenching story¬†Half Spoon of Rice: A Survival Story of the Cambodian Genocide,¬†a book written for children by Icy Smith. Although it is an incredibly sad story, it is important for us to learn from history, and make sure the next generation doesn’t make the same mistakes. The illustrator of this book, Sopaul Nhem, was inspired by his father who was a survivor of the Khmer Rouge regime. Nhem’s father gave guidance to his son about the historical accuracy of his paintings.