Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Challenge: A Memoir

Book: Ride the Butterflies: Back to School with Donald Davis
Pages: 94
Date Read: 2/24 - 2/26/2015
Rating: ☆ ☆ 

Other Categories this book could have fit into:
A funny book
A book of short stories
A nonfiction book - as much as memoirs are ever nonfiction
A book that made you cry

This book probably would have received more than three stars if I'd never heard Donald Davis tell his stories -- but because I have, I know that he's a much better teller than he is writer.

Actually, I probably still would have given it only three stars, because several of the stories had a gross sense of humor that I just find annoying. But some of them were really sweet, and some were really funny. I loved the one about the typing teacher. My favorite is the story that the title comes from, about riding the butterflies, but I've heard him tell that one and it was just so much better in person.

The kindergarten teacher and the teacher who took them on a tour around the world were my favorites; the type of people who really inspire me and make me think, not only about how we should educate our children, but how I should educate myself. How we should find context and fun in our learning rather than just memorizing facts.

This book is definitely worth a read. There are some really thought-provoking elements to it. I recommend it; but I more highly recommend finding some recordings of Donald Davis' storytelling, because the way he tells a story is simply enchanting.


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