Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Marianthe's Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories Painted Words, Spoken Memories Marianthe s StoryInterest level Grades K 2Lexile Level 550LGuided Reading NCharacters MarianthePOV 3rd personSummary This book contains two separate stories of a little girl called Marianthe that tell of her struggles adjusting to a new place after moving from her small village Painted Words describes Marianthe s fear of starting school after moving from a different country country not named She doesn t read or write English, so instead, she draws in c Painted Words, Spoken Memories Marianthe s StoryInterest level Grades K 2Lexile Level 550LGuided Reading NCharacters MarianthePOV 3rd personSummary This book contains two separate stories of a little girl called Marianthe that tell of her struggles adjusting to a new place after moving from her small village Painted Words describes Marianthe s fear of starting school after moving from a different country country not named She doesn t read or write English, so instead, she draws in class to communicate her thoughts Some of the kids make fun of her but she continues to use her drawings to distract her from feeling sad Her teacher Mr Petrie, who is very welcoming, encourages Marianthe to tell a story through the paintings she created for the rest of the class Her classmates loved it and wanted to try it for themselves making Marianthe feel better about her new life.The second part, Spoken Memories, Marianthe tells her story to the class about where she came from She lived in a small village with her family everyone worked together and the community was like family They all worked together in the fields and were very happy, despite poor living conditions Since the village was so poor, people started to leave to find work in a new land, including her beloved father It is made known that not only did her father leave for money to support his family but also to give Marianthe and her two siblings better resources During the time he was away, Marianthe learned to write with the help of her mother and wrote letters to her father Eventually, her and her mother and siblings were able to move with her father to begin a new life This book is amazing and a perfect guide to display to children what it is like for an ELL student in a new American school environment This book is actually like 2 stories in one The first part is Painted Words where it tells of Marianthe s story and what she experiences in a new American school She cannot understand the language spoken or written but she does understand facial expressions and tones which is the beginning step for her in learning the English language She uses her free class This book is amazing and a perfect guide to display to children what it is like for an ELL student in a new American school environment This book is actually like 2 stories in one The first part is Painted Words where it tells of Marianthe s story and what she experiences in a new American school She cannot understand the language spoken or written but she does understand facial expressions and tones which is the beginning step for her in learning the English language She uses her free class time to paint pictures of her story She has an encounter with a bully named Patrick, who calls her dummy often Although she does not understand what he is saying at first, she knows by his look and tone of what he is saying when he is saying it that it is something demeaning about her and it hurts her feelings but instead of crying she paints At the end of the Painted Words section the teacher says that it is time for her to tell her story and he hangs up all of her paintings and she divulges her story through her paintings and her English vocabulary that she has come to learn In the second part titled Spoken Memories, this is where she tells her story to her classmates It is her story of what she endured in her life prior to coming to the new country She tells of her village and the closeness within the village among the villagers Her story is filled with difficulties that most children in her American classroom would never experience or have knowledge of but the fact that they can hear what her life was like, allows for a deeper respect and understanding for Marianthe It is a great learning opportunity for everyone and aside from educating them, hopefully it imprints into their part of the brain that is responsible for empathy and compassion for others Beautiful book actually two books in one I think a lot of my students would relate to Marianthe and her experience coming to a new country. Painted Words and Spoken Memories is a realistic and historical fiction book that features two stories, with one side portraying the protagonist s life in her village and another side about her new life after immigrating She can t understand her teacher, her fellow classmates, nor the language being spoken and written However, she can decipher sounds and associate them with people or other meanings Most importantly, she can draw a universal way of conveying messages to others The other hal Painted Words and Spoken Memories is a realistic and historical fiction book that features two stories, with one side portraying the protagonist s life in her village and another side about her new life after immigrating She can t understand her teacher, her fellow classmates, nor the language being spoken and written However, she can decipher sounds and associate them with people or other meanings Most importantly, she can draw a universal way of conveying messages to others The other half of the book features the life she had before immigrating it is the story that Marianthe tells to her class.The story is inspired by the personal experiences of the author and there aren t any stereotypes Marianthe is a sympathetic character where the reader can find themselves rooting for her It displays a teacher as a positive role model and classmates, through the use of earthy illustrations, as diverse and most empathetic of Marianthe Negative experiences, too, are present in the story and are acknowledged by the fictitious teacher and parents Although Marianthe comes into the classroom speaking little English, she can learn by listening and observing others For example, by frequently hearing the phrase Misapeechi , she comes to understand that is the name of the teacher Later, she eventually learns through new phonetic understanding that his name is actually Mr Petrie This learning occurs with her classmates as well.Marianthe is able to tell her life story to the class through an assignment and her artwork This conveys that Marianthe indeed as a deeper set of memories to her that makes a part of who she is Her life story tells of a different lifestyle, a home in a village, war, but above all the bonds everyone shared in her community Her background isn t ignored and it isn t told in euphemisms Indeed, events such as her brother who was there before she was born dying due to the famine bring a touch of grimness to her story, and events such as her being born and her family being overjoyed for her to grow into a healthy girl shape her outlook Prejudices are not ignored, either, as some villagers did not approve of her going to school However, Marianthe talks about her quickness in learning how to write, breaking down these prejudices Overall, a heartwarming story that portrays the gradual, but certainly present, progress of learning how to communicate with others in a new place The illustrations contain noticeable expressions on characters faces, which is good when inferring the details not mentioned in the text The one trait about this story I somewhat disliked was how the situation with the person mostly bullying her, Patrick, seemed to not be fully addressed or contextualized It is merely implied that he faces disdain through one sentence and the teacher and students expressions in the illustrations Although Marianthe s mother is sure to tell Marianthe not to be discouraged, how the discrimination is addressed in the class isn t quite fully elaborated This book these books really as Part 1 backs onto Part 2 made me cry In the library But I was able to get to my tissues fairly quickly, but still did earn a strange look from the librarian.The story, I think would touch most children, both those who have moved to a new country and culture, as well as those who hopefully welcome the ones who are arriving in the new place Aliki perfectly captures the feelings of Marianthe e.g I am scared but not enough to cry I appreciated how su This book these books really as Part 1 backs onto Part 2 made me cry In the library But I was able to get to my tissues fairly quickly, but still did earn a strange look from the librarian.The story, I think would touch most children, both those who have moved to a new country and culture, as well as those who hopefully welcome the ones who are arriving in the new place Aliki perfectly captures the feelings of Marianthe e.g I am scared but not enough to cry I appreciated how supportive Marianthe s mother was even though she was likely feeling pretty scared too.I appreciated too that most of the children tried to welcome Marianthe to her new classroom and home, but that Aliki did not shy away from the fact that some of the children will try to bully the new student I appreciated how the teacher and other adults involved handled the different situations.I like that Aliki did explore the feelings of Marianthe, her family, the village, the students, etc There need to bechildren s storybooks that make it OK to have all types of feelings and to have feelings be accepted, and also experienced, by the adult characters.Finally, the illustrations for the book were fabulous, perfectly capturing the plot, the characters, and the emotions of the story This is two books in one.Short summary A young girl comes to the US from another country She doesn t speak English yet, and her teacher encourages her to communicate with other students through her art In the second book we learnabout her life before she came here.What I liked Full color illustrations with many images of children Nice multi ethnic representation of her classmates Her country of origin is not mentioned, so it really can apply to many children without being too specifi This is two books in one.Short summary A young girl comes to the US from another country She doesn t speak English yet, and her teacher encourages her to communicate with other students through her art In the second book we learnabout her life before she came here.What I liked Full color illustrations with many images of children Nice multi ethnic representation of her classmates Her country of origin is not mentioned, so it really can apply to many children without being too specific Great visuals for kids that are not verbal for a number of reasons Marianthe is very visual and we see how she sees and changes her perception as she learnsher world.What I didn t like The teacher shortens her name to Mari without getting her permission or her parents permission He asks May we call you Mari but since she doesn t speak English yet, she can t really understand or answer, can she I think it s important to know how the child wants to be called, and even if her name is long or hard to say, it s up to US to learn how to say it and show respect My name is Margaret and I cringe if people try to shorten it Warnings Marianthe mentions the death of a brother as a baby before she was born One boy is mean to her in class great talking point.Would I read this to children Yes, I would I think it s a great story about immigration, as well as feeling like an outsider I would discuss the name thing with kids and ask their opinions has anyone shortened your name How did you feel How do you feel when someone really tries to learn your name and how to say it properly Painted words was such a beautiful story of a young girl who is brought to a new country and doesn t know the language Therefore, when it was time to paint, the young girl began to paint and her classmates were so eager to learn what she was painting They soon realized that she would communicate what she couldn t say through her paintings One of her classmates was bullying her so she painted a sad painting of herself which the whole class understood I really enjoyed this book because I had a Painted words was such a beautiful story of a young girl who is brought to a new country and doesn t know the language Therefore, when it was time to paint, the young girl began to paint and her classmates were so eager to learn what she was painting They soon realized that she would communicate what she couldn t say through her paintings One of her classmates was bullying her so she painted a sad painting of herself which the whole class understood I really enjoyed this book because I had a very thought message and the students were very respecting of their new classmate at the end There s a lot to learn about the differences that we all bring into a classroom The illustrations really help us understand the story better This book is age appropriate for k 3 and is very easy to understand Marianthe s Story by Aliki is a double book I don t know how else to describe it but I m sure there s a term out there for this type of book somewhere when you finish one side, you rotate the book and start again from the other side This particular text is a two part story, following a young immigrant named Marianthe who recently arrived to America and is starting school Her country of origin is intentionally left out, but her name, Marianthe, is of Greek origin, as is the author This book Marianthe s Story by Aliki is a double book I don t know how else to describe it but I m sure there s a term out there for this type of book somewhere when you finish one side, you rotate the book and start again from the other side This particular text is a two part story, following a young immigrant named Marianthe who recently arrived to America and is starting school Her country of origin is intentionally left out, but her name, Marianthe, is of Greek origin, as is the author This book is fiction, but I suspect it is based on the experiences of the author, which might place it closer to an autobiographical fiction area In the first book, Mari is sent to school and doesn t understand what the teacher, nor any of her classmates are saying Instead, she expresses herself with painting Drawing what she can t talk, she tells her mother In the second, she has developed her English vocabulary and tells the story of what it was like in her home country, and why they left.This is an excellent book describing some struggles of immigration, cultural norms and assimilation in a new culture, as well as a sprinkling of women s empowerment An interesting aspect of this piece is there is a good deal of content that isn t directly written about, but instead expressed in pictures This might make the bookappropriate for a wider range of learners The literary content by itself is appropriate for second or third graders The artwork is gorgeous it appears to be done with pencils It supports the text and even enhances it beyond what s written Of course, the author was an immigrant from Greece herself Mari s implied country of origin I find it very interesting that her country of origin isn t directly stated Instead, it focuses on Marianthe, a complex character with believable emotions By splitting her story into two parts, children caneasily compartmentalize the different facets of leaving a country The first, she s arrived to America and feels lost, but slowly gains friends and English language skills with the help of a friendly teacher and her family The second, she s nostalgic in a bittersweet way about her previous life in what I must assume is Greece I think this book is a timeless, perfect example of the struggles of leaving one s home, and discovering life anew in a foreign land Not only does it realistically portray these characteristics, it also encourages some wholesome values, such as creativity through art, friendship, and the importance of knowledge and family Mari and her family are very cute and portrayed as ordinary folks, not rooted in any stereotypes whatsoever besides some mild ones associated with peripheral and semi peripheral countries The plot is both realistic but age appropriate without too many heavy handed, mature themes It s told from the perspective of a child, essentially The text is easy to understand through read alouds, guided reading or individual reading activities Although I know little about this topic from personal experience, I don t see any glaring issues in the narrative nor the illustration Bestselling and award winning author illustrator Aliki s semi autobiographical picture book features two interconnected stories about immigration, friendship, and finding your voiceKirkus called this acclaimed and timely book vivid and exquisitely emotional Aliki s acclaimed picture book follows Marianthe, a Greek girl who doesn t understand English, as she starts school in the United States In Part I, Painted Words, Marianthe is frustrated about being unable to communicate with her peers Her teacher encourages her to paint her words, and little by little she finds ways to share her story with her classmatesIn Part II, Spoken Memories, Marianthe tells her class about her life in Greece, how her Papa left for a better job in America, and how she and her family eventually came to join himBased on Aliki s own experience as a schoolgirl in Philadelphia, this is an essential, timely, and relevant American immigration story With appealing, accessible art and a universal message, Marianthe s Story is sure to resonate with children and educators alikeThe Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books said, Few picture books have captured the immigrant experience with such well crafted and telling simplicity ✫ Fisica 1 - Principios y Problemas Books ✭ Author Paul W. 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Renee Hill – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and finding your voiceKirkus called this acclaimed and timely book vivid and exquisitely emotional Aliki s acclaimed picture book follows Marianthe ➸ [Read] ➳ Games Rednecks Play By Jeff Foxworthy ➽ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk a Greek girl who doesn t understand English [PDF / Epub] ☁ The Magic Cottage By James Herbert – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk as she starts school in the United States In Part I [PDF] ✪ Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1, Sandi Metz, eBook - Amazon.com Par Sandi Metz – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Painted Words ☁ [PDF / Epub] ☀ Eski Yunanca - Türkçe Sözlük By Güler Çelgin ✎ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Marianthe is frustrated about being unable to communicate with her peers Her teacher encourages her to paint her words ➝ [Epub] ❦ Dont Leave Me Alone By GG ➧ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and little by little she finds ways to share her story with her classmatesIn Part II [Reading] ➵ I Won a Spaceship ➼ Harrison Park – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Spoken Memories [Epub] ➛ The Black Mask Boys By William F. Nolan – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Marianthe tells her class about her life in Greece ✷ [BOOKS] ✫ Born to Ride (Sons of Chaos MC, By Eva Grace ❁ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk how her Papa left for a better job in America ❰Download❯ ➽ Evangelical Hermeneutics And The New Testament Use Of The Old Testament Author Rynold D Dean – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and how she and her family eventually came to join himBased on Aliki s own experience as a schoolgirl in Philadelphia ❰Download❯ ➾ May and Amy Author Josceline Dimbleby – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk this is an essential ❀ [EPUB] ✸ The Tale of Miss Berta London By Jihan Latimer ❤ – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk timely ❮BOOKS❯ ✫ personality development Author rajiv k mishra – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk and relevant American immigration story With appealing [Download] ➵ Interpretations of Calamity from the Viewpoint of Human Ecology By Kenneth Hewitt – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk accessible art and a universal message ❰Download❯ ➽ The Hot Flash Club Strikes Again Author Nancy Thayer – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Marianthe s Story is sure to resonate with children and educators alikeThe Bulletin of the Center for Children s Books said ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Angel Landing Author Alice Hoffman – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk Few picture books have captured the immigrant experience with such well crafted and telling simplicity Genre Realistic Fiction multi culturalFormat Picture bookAwards this book has not received any awardsSummary Marianthe is starting a new school, in a new country She is nervous about this new world she is about to step in, and is concerned about not knowing the English language The first day, Marianthe doesn t understand much She hears babbles when people talk and chicken feet when people write Marianthe then discovers that she can communicate one way though, with her paintings She pain Genre Realistic Fiction multi culturalFormat Picture bookAwards this book has not received any awardsSummary Marianthe is starting a new school, in a new country She is nervous about this new world she is about to step in, and is concerned about not knowing the English language The first day, Marianthe doesn t understand much She hears babbles when people talk and chicken feet when people write Marianthe then discovers that she can communicate one way though, with her paintings She paints about herself, to try and tell a story of who she is and where she is from With time Marianthe begins to understand her classmates and her teacher Babbles become words and names, and chicken feet become letters that make sounds, and form words When Marianthe is ready, the teacher allows her to share with the class who she is and where shes from using her paintings and the new language she has adopted as her own Critique This was a very well written book, with many lessons to learn about accepting others that are different and making them feel welcomed The only critique I would have would be that the author elaborate when the student is being mean to Marianthe The author jumps from saying that Patrick calls Marianthe a dummy, but then talks about the nice students, and then goes back to having dialogue about some students being mean and ignorant This seemed very choppy while reading, and might have flowed better if the author talked about the mean student as a whole, and then spoke of the nice children Teaching Prompt This would be an excellent book to have a writing prompt about The author talks about feelings a lot throughout this text, and this would go great with teaching about schema and connecting to the text The teacher could propose a prompt such as, Think of a time when you felt nervous or anxious because you were new or didn t know something How did you overcome feeling this way What did others do to help you not feel this way The students could discuss or write about this and then the teacher could teach on how important it is to be a good friend and kind classmate because we are also making differences in peoples lives Craft Elements The author did a great job making the illustrations a big part in this story The reader was able to tell emotions or actions based off the students faces This allowed for inferences to occur while reading the story The reader could also see how Marianthe was telling her story through her paintings The illustrations added so much to the story


About the Author: Aliki

Aliki has written and illustrated many books, both fiction and nonfiction, loved by readers throughout the world The books were inspired by a word, an experience, or the desire to find out Aliki lives in London, England.


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