December, 2010: By My Brother's Side

posted Dec 2, 2010, 4:02 PM by Jennifer Hove

Dear Students and Teachers,

The school year is really moving quickly and I cannot believe we are already sending out our December Book of the Month. Our book this month is called By My Brother’s Side by Tiki and Ronde Barber, and it is illustrated by Barry Root. I am just positive that this book will touch each student and teacher. Those of you who love sports or have a brother or sister will be especially inspired by this incredible book.

As always, there are many connections to be made from our book this month. The characters and story lines caused me to remember times in my life when I worried that perhaps I couldn’t finish a task, or be successful at something I really wanted to do. I remember wondering if it just wasn’t going to happen for me. Maybe I would not be able to do that very thing I had my heart set on. What a feeling of failure!

Tiki and Ronde Barber are the main characters from our story. They are twin brothers and do everything together. They dream of “making it big” in football someday. Their mother continues to support them and tells them if they work hard – anything is possible. Tiki is in a biking accident and hurts his knee very badly. The injury is so bad, the doctor doesn’t believe he will be able to participate in sports ever again. You’ll have to read the rest of the story to find out what happens.

We have all had events in our lives which may have led us to feel we will not be successful for one reason or another. That feeling of doubt is not a very pleasant feeling. Sometimes, all it takes is a little practice and a lot of belief in ourselves to prove the critics wrong. Then, just like Tiki and Ronde, we can step up to the task and give it our all. Who knows what the results will be when we put everything we have into the jobs and personal dreams in front of us! I hope you will be inspired by this book to do your best at whatever it is that you would like to try. One of the writing techniques the author does in the book is to make the reader aware of the support both brothers have for one another. The character traits of both boys are described in their actions and behaviors in the story. When was a time that you supported one of your family members when they needed you?

Maybe you’d like to tell me about a time when you worked really hard to accomplish one of your dreams or supported someone else when they needed help. I’d love to hear from each one of you! Let’s dream big this month and see where it might take us! Go ahead – dream big! But don’t forget to put all your energy into working hard to make that dream of yours come true.

Happy Reading!
Mrs. Hollinger
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