Friday, June 12, 2015

Familiar Author, Different Story - Joy Cowley, Agapanthus Hum

I've been excited to find authors I know from a series and discover they have other titles and stories to share with readers.  Agapanthus Hum and the Eyeglasses is by Joy Cowley.  Joy Cowley has been a big part of my literacy career through the Wright Group Sunshine titles from years back or the ever popular Mrs. Wishy Washy character. 

Agapanthus Hum is a spunky girl who loves to hum and creates tunes for all the little things she does.  Her dad actually refers to her as a "whizzer and rusher."  These two words alone provide a great visual for how much movement Agapanthus is engaged in during her day.  Agapanthus Hum has one problem.  While trying handstands day after day her glasses fall off each time.  Her parents warn her, they fix them, they encourage her to give them to her mom but she keeps wearing them.  She does come up with her own solution which is quite funny!  We all need mentors and luckily for Agapanthus Hum there is an acrobat show in town and not only does she get inspiration she finds a solution for what to do with her glasses while doing handstands.

This early chapter book is filled with rich language phrases, dialogue and some supportive illustrations.  Joy Cowley doesn't disappoint the beginning reader nor treat them as a novice reader.

Here are three lines I love from this story and hope you find, if you pick this book up.

"You are just like a music box."

"Clean glasses made the garden look as sharp as a tune played on a fiddle."

"Her hum puffed out like a birthday candle, and her head went quiet."

PS - All 3 Agapanthus Hum books can be found at the link above for a penny plus shipping!  Yes, I got all three!

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