Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table

61cumTcvNNL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Title: Don’t Let Auntie Mabel Bless the Table

Author: Vanessa Brantley Newton

Illustrator/ Photographer: Vanessa Brantley Newton

Publisher and Year: Blue Apple Books, 2010

Number of Pages: 28

Tags/Themes: Fiction, Friendship, Grace, Thankfulness, K-2

Genre: Fiction

Descriptive Annotation:

It’s Sunday night, meaning its time to go to Auntie Mabel’s for dinner. Everyone arrives and gets seated at the long table. The food is put on the table but before anyone can eat, Auntie Mabel insists on saying grace.  When she begins to say grace, she blesses everyone in the room, every object in the room, and every piece of food on the table. It takes Auntie Mabel a long time to do this so the members of the dinner begin to fall asleep and lose interest. She finishes the blessing with blessing herself and then announces its time to eat. At this point all of the food is cold so it must be reheated. Auntie Mabel thinks they should pray again once the food is hot but Poppa decides he will say the blessing. He blesses the table and thanks the Lord and lets everyone eat!

Linguistic and Cultural Diversity Analysis:

At the dinner table, there are people from many different cultures, you never are told if theses people are related or how they connect. This gives the audience a good picture of how many different races and cultures we have in the world today. It is important to show students that as our world grows, so do the number of cultures we have. The table dinner represents a handful of different races which depicts how our society is today.

The language in this story was very simple and easy to follow. For a lot of the book, a blessing or prayer is being said which is unique because not many picture books tell a story in that way.

Interdisciplinary Connections:

This book could be pair with a social studies lesson on religions of the world. It would definitely have to be a project for the older elementary grades but could teach students what ethnicities follow what religions. This book could be used as an introductory book to the project.

Other Information:

I really liked this book because it showed how tradition and gatherings work in society today. It shows us how in our culture friendships are made between different races and back in our country’s history these types of friendships did not always exist. If you used this book in your classroom, you would have to be very careful about your audience and really know your students because a prayer is used for a lot of the plot. The message that this book sends is strong but as the teacher you want to make sure you do not offend any of your students background.

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