In recognition of the start of spring on March 20, this week classes are hearing books about bees and butterflies. The deaf and hard-of-hearing class will be learning all about Lalibela, in Ethiopia. Lalibela is home to remarkable stone churches and also renowned for its honey, which is harvested from basket-like hives that are suspended 60 feet up in trees. The Best Beekeeper of Lalibela, by Cristina Kessler, is a terrifically interesting picture book about Lalibela's bees and the persistence of a girl who wants to harvest and sell honey in the marketplace. She is told by the men and boys that this is not work for a girl, and indeed climbing the trees proves to be too hard for her; but rather than give up, she figures out through experimentation another way to gather honey, eventually becoming very successful. Pictured below are one of Lalibela's monolithic churches and one of the suspended hives.
The meeting of the 5th-grade book club will take place on Tuesday this week. Some students may have a time conflict on Monday--enough that it seemed wise to postpone by one day. We will be discussing Last Day on Mars, by Kevin Emerson, and choosing our book for April.