My girl woke up today with the dry cough where she sounds like a seal barking. It is one of my least favorite things to hear because it is painful to have a beloved daughter in pain, and also because it is such a horrific sound. Worse than any sound. Seriously. My wife is taking her to daycare/school today and I'm hopeful they let her stay. Maybe the cough will go away after breakfast.
Today after school the plumber is coming to visit my house. The kitchen sink is leaking and I am absolutely 100% horrible with all things home repair. It's pretty embarrassing to be honest, but the ability to fix a sink does not the man make. At least that's what I keep telling my wife.
The Last Silver Button by Mandy Alyss Brown
I found this story this morning and it's a good one. It tells the story of a young girl who is the product of a broken marriage (She thinks her dad is on vacation to a place called Divorce. She looks for it on a map). Her mother is terrible, smokes crack and is a bit nuts. Her dad comes every weekend to pick her up and buys her a green coat with shiny silver buttons (see title). The story moves forward to a satisfying conclusion with a couple nice twists.
Story: 9 of 10
It's told from the child's perspective which results in a couple interesting things. The little girl doesn't know her mom is smoking crack but she describes what she sees to the reader. Also there is a surprising reveal at the end. The story was nominated for a Pushcart Award in 2013 and it deserves the nomination.
Teachability: 9 of 10
Kids would like this story. Again, they enjoy reading about sad things although this has a good ending for the girl. Sort of good. Let's say intriguing. Also, what happens with the green coat will infuriate the students who can get a little righteous. There is enough here to teach that it would definitely be a worthwhile inclusion to a student's reading background.