FRIDAY BOOK SHARING!
What are you reading today?
Mr. George Baker by Amy Hest, illustrated by Jon J Muth. This is a moving story of friendship, kindness, and literacy – at all ages. Mr. George Baker is 100 years old, a man with a “Tappidy-boom-boom-tap” enthusiasm for life and his friendship with young Harry. Patiently, we watch Mr. George Baker and Harry wait for the school bus, practice tying shoes, take a dancing step with the lovely Mrs. Baker who brings George his lunch, and finally board the bus in anticipation of learning to read. This is a task which is hard, but as George says, “we can do it.” There is so much to enjoy in this beautifully illustrated picture book. I love the positive portrayal of age in the story, as Harry looks up to Mr. George Baker and we see how closely the two are connected, despite the 95 years between them. We also see just how important literacy is and the belief that we can always, always learn new things. This is a story of lifelong learners. It is an excellent addition to the classroom at all levels – young readers and adults too!