It started as a little book launch that (I) Clare was organizing for our new book. It grew to include 4 “hot off the press” books. All of which I must read! The book launch was unique because it included authors from different departments and programs. And it was great fun!.
Building Bridges: Rethinking Literacy Teacher Education in a Digital Era by Clare Kosnik, Simone White, Clive Beck, Bethan Marshall, A. Lin Goodwin, and Jean Murray (I know this book well – tee hee!)
Taking Shape: Activities to Help Develop Geometric and Spatial Thinking by Joan Moss, Bev Caswell, Zack Hawes, Cathy Bruce, and Tara Flynn
Teaching Literature to Adolescents by Richard Beach, Deborah Appleman, Bob Fecho, and Rob Simon
The Pedagogy of Standardized Testing: The Radical Impacts of Educational Standardization in the US and Canada by Arlo Kemp
I (Cathy) attended a very interesting book launch recently at the Different Drummer Book Store in Burlington, Ontario. Author, Gisela Tobien Sherman, (top left in photo) released her new book The Farmerettes. The book was inspired by storyteller, poet, Sonja Dunn (bottom right of photo) who was a Farmerette. At the book launch, the story of the inspiration for the book was shared. Gisela, Sonja and a few other members of the Canadian Society for Childrens’ Authors, Illustrators, and Performers (CANSCAIP) were having lunch together. Sonja, now 84, (yeah, doesn’t look it!) shared one of her experiences as a Canadian Farmerette during the Second World War. Apparently during the war, with all the young men away fighting, there was not enough labor to work the farms, so teenage girls were rounded up and sent off to live on farms throughout the province. Sonja, was one of these young women, boarded in a barn with five others. They were taught and expected to carry out all the heavy farm work on a daily basis. Sonja talked about how the experience changed them. Sonja’s story struck a chord with Gisela and she began to research this fascinating part of our history.
At the book launch were three other Farmerettes (all in their 80’s), who looked quite pleased to have their stories told. Plus, a fascinating collection of photographs, depicting their lives during this era of Canadian history were displayed. I was intrigued by the stories shared at the launch and deeply touched by the pride of the Farmerettes. I bought several copies of the book to give away, and of course, one copy for myself. Today, I will lay on my chaise lounge and treat myself to reading The Farmerettes, Second Story Press, by Gisela Tobien Sherman. Can’t wait.
We are very pleased that Dr. Gisela Wajskop from the Instituto Singularidades in São Paulo will be a visiting scholar at OISE from January – July 2014. Gisela will be collaborating with Clare on her research on literacy teacher educators. She is doing a similar study on literacy teacher educators in Sao Paolo.