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33 March 2021 Professionally Speaking Borrow a copy of any of the books reviewed in Professionally Speaking by connecting with the Margaret Wilson Library. Email library@oct.ca, access your College account via oct.ca, use the OCT Membership App, or call 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679. For reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. New at the Library CLASSROOM RESOURCE | LIBRARY Stand on the Sky, Scholastic Canada, Toronto, 2019, hardcover, ISBN 978-1-4431-6379-8, 320 pages, $27.97, scholastic.ca The Life of Anne Frank, Firefly Books, Richmond Hill, Ont., 2020, ISBN 9780228103011, hardcover, 48 pages, $19.95, fireflybooks.com Stand on the Sky BY ERIN BOW This is a story of how a young girl smashes cultural and gender norms to become an eagle hunter. In the process, she finds herself, saves her family and teaches her spirit to fly. Aisulu, a Kazakh girl, lives a nomadic life with her parents and brother. When she finds an or- phaned eaglet, she decides to raise and train it, a privilege that's traditionally reserved only for Kazakh boys and men. Erin Bow, an acclaimed young adult author who lives in Kitchener, Ont., has clearly done her research. Her portrait of life in the mountains of Mongolia is rich in its detail of a traditional family who lives on the land and moves with the seasons. Middle school readers will identify with the family relation- ships and the vivid natural settings. Aisulu encounters what happens to many protagonists in children's literature: the disruption of the life she has known and loved. When her parents leave her with her stern aunt and uncle so they can take Aisulu's brother, Serik, to a far-off hospital for treatment, her life is shattered. Aisulu discovers that families are not necessarily the biological networks we are born into. Family can also mean the people who love, support and nourish you, too. With her resolute attachment to her eagle as a support, Aisulu is able to adapt to the many emotional hardships that her life presents to her. As part of a set of classroom novels, or as a stand-alone work, this book sends students a powerful message about friendship, interdependence, and fighting for your beliefs. Gail Lennon is a writer and reviewer with decades of teaching experience at all levels in Ontario. The Life of Anne Frank BY KAY WOODWARD The Life of Anne Frank is described by its publisher, Firefly Books, as being "a compelling visual account of how a Jewish family tried to escape Nazism." It is that, and more; it is an important historical work that everyone from age nine and up should read. It begins with Anne's birth in Germany and follows with the family's move to Amsterdam and then hiding in "The Annex." Beautifully laid out with photos and a comprehensive timeline, it includes details not just about Anne and her family, but also of the others who shared the hiding place. The author deftly handles the description of Hitler's rise to power and defines terms such as anti-Semitism, nationalism, and holocaust in a way that allows young readers to understand the background to this tragic story. With last year being the 75th anniversary of her death, The Life of Anne Frank, published in assoc- iation with the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, is a fitting tribute to Anne, her family and the brave few who helped them. The Anne Frank House website notes that, though mainly young people visit the museum, most do not have a sound knowledge of World War II and the Holocaust. Not only will this book remedy that deficit, it also touches on history, sociology and writing, and could be used as a resource for many lesson plans across several subject areas. Terri Lawrence, OCT, is an adjunct professor (anatomy and physiology, microbiology), in the faculty of nursing, University of Windsor, and School of Nursing, St. Clair College.

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