All Around Us

Book Summary: 

A young girl learns many things from her grandfather as they spend time together. He tells her that circles are everywhere while pointing out circles such as the outline of the sun, and also explains about cycles in life. The two garden together and eat the vegetables they’ve grown and then plant the seeds found in the vegetables as well as fertilizing the ground with the stems and leaves. Grandpa also explains family traditions to his granddaughter.

Xelena González
Adriana M. Garcia
Cinco Puntos Press, 2017
Guiding Question: 

In some families, children live very close to older generations of family members and learn from them. In other families, each generation is separated by many miles, and can stay close through technology. Some families practice traditions handed down for generations while others family traditions have been lost. Why is it important to have a relationship with older people in your family?

Howard’s Format from You Can’t Teach What You Don’t Know (73-85): 

Honesty- Sometimes the family traditions of other people seem strange to us. The author writes a letter to her readers at the end of the book that explains some of the traditions that the family in the story practices. Does your family, school, or community have traditions that are especially important to you? If so, tell your classmates about them.

Empathy- How might the study of geometric shapes such as circles be different for the girl in the story than for some other children. How do you think you would respond if this girl were your classmate and she told you how important circles are?

Advocacy- The family in the story are Mestizos; the author tells you about some of their shared beliefs. What are some of the beliefs of your people in regard to who you respect, beliefs about death, and things you celebrate? How could you find out more about the Mestizo people?

Action- Traditions help people feel connected to each other. What can you do to honor the traditions of people different from you?