Thursday, December 31, 2009

Icarus at the Edge of Time

Mary Ehrenworth read us the beginning of Icarus at the Edge of Time during the Writing Institute at Teachers College. All of the teachers in the auditorium were on the edges of our seats, waiting to hear what would happen at the end of the book. Four months later, I finally know.

It's hard to classify this book: it's printed on childish hard cardboard, it has a mythological history, it has an active storyline, and a sad moral. I'm excited to incorporate the story of this future Icarus into the eighth grade's mythology unit. There's nothing better than when students are able to make connections to other texts and to their lives.

The images in the book are outrageously gorgeous. I didn't realize until I reached the last page that they are all actual photos from outer space. I would love any of them as a screensaver!

I highly recommend this book as a fun addition to a lesson on mythology or physics. Bravo, Brian Greene!

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