I love to introduce my students to some of my own favorite authors. Here’s a recent post from my second grade blog about our read aloud project on Catwings, by Ursula Le Guin.
Second graders love to be read to, and this week we shared a terrific series of books by the well-known and very well-respected author, Ursula K. Le Guin. She’s a wonderful writer and her imagination has thrilled many readers, young and old. It was our turn to fall in love with one of her series: her Catwings Collection. There are four little books in the series, and at the center of each is the Catwings family. Yes, cats with wings. They were born in the city, under a dumpster, to Mrs. Jane Tabby, (who does NOT have wings,) and she lovingly tells her four children (who DO have wings) that they must fly away and find a better place to live out in the countryside. Those four little cats with wings have some very interesting adventures, but the most important thing about them is that they are kind and caring, and help each other in many different ways.
Orson Scott Card, described Le Guin’s stories this way:
Yet even though LeGuin’s stories are not sentimentalized, neither do they shock or brutalize in their truthfulness. Rather, as she makes danger and loss and injury and fear and all the passages of life seem natural and unavoidable, LeGuin also lets us see that life can still be well-lived, and individuals can still act rightly and lovingly and bravely, and can bear with dignity whatever losses come. Not a bad set of truths for children to learn in a couple of gentle, well-told tales.
The children now have a “waiting list” for all four books, which they worked out themselves, and are reading them, then passing them along to the next Reader. Ah…the joy of finding a good series of books!