Title: Sori’s Harvest Moon Day
Reference: Uk-Bae, L. (1999). Sori’s harvest moon day. Norwalk, CT: Soundprints.
Brief Annotation: This book is about a little girl who lives in Korea named Sori. This book introduces the Harvest Moon Festival. People travel out of town to visit family. There is family, and good food to celebrate and prepare. When the moon is full, they all gather around to give thanks. On the following morning “Harvest Moon Day”, they all wake up early for a service of remembrance of their ancestors, and then they visit the graves of their ancestors. There is a parade, and the village dances and parties all night. In the end there is a non-fiction, educational area of the book.
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who might like this: Children who are learning about Korean culture, and specifically the Harvest Moon Festival would be interested in this book. Children who enjoy multi-cultural learning, or teachers who are trying to teach about other cultures would find this book to be a useful tool. Children who are doing projects on other cultures, or holidays and celebrations could use this book.
Rating/Response: I would rate this book a 4. Although it is fiction, it is very fact based, and informational. This is an interesting and engaging book, which introduces a new culture, holiday, and even some new language. This would be a great way to educate children for a lesson, or for children who just like to learn about other cultures. This story is well written, and the illustrations are intriguing, and tell a lot of the story. This is a great book.
Text Dependent Question: Why did Sori and her parents place rocks next to the guardian tree?
KWL Chart; Page 60
Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: step by step. Boston: Pearson.
I chose this strategy because this book includes new information about culture. This Know, Want to Know, Learned chart shows their progression of knowledge before and after the read aloud of the book. This is important to show what they have learned about the culture, and what they are hoping to learn as they read. First the teacher puts up a large poster of a KWL. Next as a class they complete the Know section of the poster. They will then complete the What we want to know section- filling it in with things they hope the book will teach them. Finally, after the read aloud, the students complete the What we’ve learned column.