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The One Thing You'd Save



by
Linda Sue Park
illustrated by
Robert Sae-Heng

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Clarion
ISBN
9781328515131
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If your house were on fire, what one thing would you save? Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park explores different answers to this provocative question in linked poems that capture the diverse voices of a middle school class. Illustrated with black-and-white art.

When a teacher asks her class what one thing they would save in an emergency, some students know the answer right away. Others come to their decisions more slowly. And some change their minds when they hear their classmates’ responses. A lively dialog ignites as the students discover unexpected facets of one another—and themselves. With her ear for authentic dialog and knowledge of tweens’ priorities and emotions, Linda Sue Park brings the varied voices of an inclusive classroom to life through carefully honed, engaging, and instantly accessible verse.Author’s note. Black-and-white illustrations.

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

72

Trim Size

8" x 6 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Jul 2021

Book Genres

Realistic Fiction, Novels in Verse

Topics

Disasters. Emotions. Middle schools. Homework assignments. Classroom discussion. Memorabilia. Friendship. Meaningful objects. Memories.

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Ms. Chang has asked her students to think about what one thing they would save—beyond their families and pets—if their homes were on fire. “Your Most Important Thing. Any size. A grand piano? Fine.” What follows is a series of poems, inspired by an ancient form of traditional Korean poetry called sijo, that capture the voices of the kids in the class as they ponder and discuss, argue, defend their choices, and sometimes change their minds. Their most important possessions range from the obvious (“My dad’s wallet. Duh”) and humorous (cool sneakers—“I put those babies on my feet, it’s like, see ya later, fire”) to the thoughtful (grabbing a mother’s insulin kit) and the aspirational (a bedroom rug to help folks in the building “Stop, Drop, and Roll”). Ms. Chang reminds the kids what to do in a real emergency, and that they all must “Protect, Affect, Respect One Another!” in class, but she also joins in the conversation and is deeply moved by their astute suggestions and profound revelations. Sae-Heng’s lovely graphic-style grayscale drawings grace every page and reflect an inclusive, modern urban landscape and school setting. This is an ode to in-person learning with a savvy and caring educator who knows how to build community and empathy by having students share their stories and who joins in their exercises (and is even convinced to changer her mind). LUANN TOTH

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Ms. Chang has asked her students to think about what one thing they would save—beyond their families and pets—if their homes were on fire. “Your Most Important Thing. Any size. A grand piano? Fine.” What follows is a series of poems, inspired by an ancient form of traditional Korean poetry called sijo, that capture the voices of the kids in the class as they ponder and discuss, argue, defend their choices, and sometimes change their minds. Their most important possessions range from the obvious (“My dad’s wallet. Duh”) and humorous (cool sneakers—“I put those babies on my feet, it’s like, see ya later, fire”) to the thoughtful (grabbing a mother’s insulin kit) and the aspirational (a bedroom rug to help folks in the building “Stop, Drop, and Roll”). Ms. Chang reminds the kids what to do in a real emergency, and that they all must “Protect, Affect, Respect One Another!” in class, but she also joins in the conversation and is deeply moved by their astute suggestions and profound revelations. Sae-Heng’s lovely graphic-style grayscale drawings grace every page and reflect an inclusive, modern urban landscape and school setting. This is an ode to in-person learning with a savvy and caring educator who knows how to build community and empathy by having students share their stories and who joins in their exercises (and is even convinced to changer her mind). LUANN TOTH

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