When I arrived in 4th grade my academic world was turned upside down.
I went from a warm and cozy 3rd grade classroom experience to a very determined, work horse teacher named Mrs. Hockmier. I can remember A LOT about my 4th grade experience. I can picture the cover of the vocabulary book we used. I can remember when I tried to baloney my way through a poem reading that I was ill prepared for and getting busted. But what I remember the most was reading A Wrinkle In Time by Madeline L'Engle. (This was the cover back then!)
They are currently making it into a movie with big name stars.......like Oprah! (The made for TV movie was so awful ---- I beg you not to watch it.)
It's been years since I've read this story but now that I have a 4th grader and I'm watching her navigate this pivotal year, I couldn't help but want to chat about this book!
A Wrinkle In Time is a sci-fi fantasy staring a 13 year old girl who, at the end of the book, has to save her genius brother. There's a bit of a coming of age romance and a lot of good vs. evil. And of course, the entire story works the way it does because of a "Tesseract" ---- which is a wrinkle in time ---- a way to travel through the space-time continuum.
It seems a little complicated as I read through the full plot on Wikipeida. But it's startling to see this book was published in 1963! And is still used in classrooms today!!
I wonder if I'd find the writing dated? It's always so disappointing when I read a book from my past (that I LOVED) and realize that it can't really hold up to the language of today. I don't mean that cell phones or internet, etc. aren't mentioned ---- I mean that our actual language has changed since the 1960's and many kids can't relate to the "olden" days.
A Wrinkle In Time won a Newbery Medal. And several other awards.
I'd highly recommend introducing your child to this story ---- it really is an oldie but a goodie!