Strong Women For Women’s History Month


Hi everyone! I apologize for not posting Mentor Monday in awhile. Once a week was getting a bit hectic, so I will either cut it back to bi-weekly or monthly. Merging my love of children’s literature and teaching makes Mentor Monday extra special for me. I hope you will continue to support it by stopping my blog, sharing or pinning this post.

March is Women’s History Month and so I decided to choose a book that would fit perfectly with this theme. Typically I would devote a great deal of time reading about famous women in history by reading plenty of biographies with my class. However, this book is fiction.

Who’s up for a challenge?

I am going to challenge my readers to find a NON-FICTION book to pair with it. This means after you hear my synopsis, think of a biography that would pair well with. Then enter the Rafflecopter and comment below. I will choose one winner randomly and you will win a copy of the book to read to your class!

The Girl With a Brave Heart: A Tale From Tehran is written by Rita Jahanforuz and illustrated Vali Mintzi. It is one of the amazing books from the Barefoot Books Collection.

The Girl With The Brave Heart is a compelling story of a girl who is challenged to follow her heart despite what others say. Shiraz is a young girl, living in Tehran. She has lost her mother and her father has remarried. Her Mother left her wool to weave before she passed. Shiraz was about to weave a winter sweater when her ball of yarn falls off the balcony and lands in her neighbor’s courtyard.

Shiraz goes to retrieve the wool and meets her mysterious neighbor, a sad older woman who has given up on life. She asks Shiraz to complete some unusual tasks in order to get the wool back.

Find out what mysterious and magical events take place in this story of bravery, and misunderstood people. Your students are going to love this story. There’s even a little bit of a Cinderellae-esque feel to it!

Four books that immediately come to mind 
(These are perfect for text to text connections!)
  1. Babushka Baba Yaga by Patricia Polacco
  2. Chicken Sunday by Patricia Polacco
  3. The Gardener by Sarah Stewart 
  4. Mufaro’s Beautful Daughters by: John Steptoe

But now… Which biography of famous women would pair well  with The Girl With The Brave Heart? Think of someone who exhibited bravery in the face of adversity, someone who worked or helped the lonely and misunderstood. Are you getting some ideas rolling around? I hope so!

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Don’t forget to comment below and enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win The Girl With The Brave Heart. 
Enjoy the rest of your week. Follow your brave heart!

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  1. What a beautiful book! Looks like an opportunity to teach a variety of character traits. Can't wait for a chance to see it up close! I'm thinking it might pair well with an Eleanor Roosevelt or a Ruby Bridges biography… Thanks for the recommendation!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade

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