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Kinda haunting for a kids book, but really makes an impression.
This book is one that can be read again and again. The themes of friendship and longing are so strong in this book that it is a wonderful book to use for teaching empathy.
A touching story about a lonely Midwestern man, Solomon Singer, trying to make a new home for himself in New York City. This book would be great to share with new students, especially those who have moved. Having relocated to Chicago from Iowa, I can relate to Solomon's sadness and loneliness in the big city. In fact, I can remember when I first found a small corner coffee shop with my own "Angel" to make me feel at home. Not just new students would benefit from this book -- I think all students...
This picture book is a lovely reminder that home can be wherever you are. An older man who lives in a hotel room dreams of his childhood home and craves a few small comforts(a balcony; a purple wall in his home). Solomon finds solace in a small diner he accidentally comes across and a waiter name Angel who befriends him while he is there. Slowly, Solomon's vision of the city he lives in alters and he is able to connect what he sees and feels in the city to what he sees and misses about his child...
This beautifully illustrated book shows how a small act can leave a huge impact on someone. Following Solomon Singer, he finds himself stuck in a life where he can find no happiness and that is accented in the dullness of his surroundings. Upon wandering the streets, he happens by a cafe where the smile and friendliness of the waiter, Angel, encourages him to come night after night. The beginning of the narration includes the use of parentheses to contrast the reality Solomon lives in and what h...
In this book the character Solomon Singer was not happy with where he was living he wished for much more. He was from Indiana and wished for the things he had when he was there. He was not happy until one day he went to the Westway Cafe. He then finally had a place that he loved and felt happy with. The response strategy that best fits this book is I-statement chart. I believe the strategy would be best for the book because it is mentioning the thoughts and feelings of the characters. The majori...
I used this book as a way of talking about the setting of a book and how the setting can effect the story, in this case the mood or emotions of the main character. Solomon begins, in this story, as a man who is unhappy with where he is and longs for the type of life he had as a child. When he is out wandering, he comes upon a cafe and a waiter who changes his whole outlook on his life and his living situation.
Rylant is one of my favorite picture book authors. In this one, she breaks the rules about age of protagonist -- rather than a child, she features a middle-aged man who is lonely and longing for home and connection in the same way that her Mr. Putter and Tabby series does. The illustrations in this one will speak to children and adults alike, even if the text might not, but the theme about belonging really is appropriate for "all ages." Nicely done.
The illustrations for An Angel for Solomon Singer contributes so much to the message in this book about a middle aged man trying to rise above loneliness. In almost every scene the artist has added Mr. Singer’s reflection rather than the reader seeing him straight on. It’s interesting to see exactly when we see him full on.
I didn’t enjoy “An Angel for Solomon Singer” very much, I found the story line to be simple and short until the ending where Angel the waiter came into the picture. The illustrations by Peter Catalanotto were thought out well and went well with the context. The story line that one thing can change your outlook on things was good, but I wasn’t drawn into it like other books.
The pictures in this book were nice. The story was a little slow but it was a nice message. The old man felt lonely and wandered a lot. He found a cafe that he enjoyed and everyday would order something that he dreamed of having.
This book shows that you could make the best out of every situation. That you have to look for the good in everything. It shows children how to be happy in everything they do.
Sweet story of a lonely man who has dreams of getting back home to Indiana. As he imagines thoughts of home he is befriended and cared for in NYC. Beautiful illustrations.
Although I am not traditionally a fan of Cynthia Rylant's work but I must admit I really enjoyed this story. This story is about an older man who lives in a small hotel with no balcony, no fireplace, no porch, and no pets. He was lonely in the city and at night he would wander the streets dreaming of his days as a boy in Indiana. One night, he stumbles upon the Westway cafe. He meets a waiter with kind eyes and a big smile that makes him feels at home. He continues to return to the diner each ni...
I had never heard of this picturebook before and am grateful I encountered it! This book tells the story of a man who dreams of more, and lives in a dim reality. As he finds hope and optimism in a simple café from a friendly waiter, his attitude is transformed and he begins to see his world in a different light. The watercolor paintings carry much emotion throughout the story. In the initial opening, it looks as though Solomon Singer’s world is melting or being washed away. This style continues
Another Cynthia Rylant text full of visualization. Dreaming of life back home makes Solomon dislike his new home in new york city. I really liked this book because it shows you what life is like for those who live alone in a place they dislike. It also shows you how simple things can really make life easy. I would read this book to grades 3-5 because I think higher grade levels would appreciate the story a little more and make connections. I would use this book in my classroom to teach a lesson
"An Angel for Solomon Singer" is a wonderful story about an elderly man who is lonely. He lives in a hotel with no balcony, or any other standard feature that comes with an apartment. He roams the streets and thinks about his childhood memories in Indiana. One day, he goes into a cafe, where a waiter catches his eye and they begin to communicate from that day on. At the end of story, the waiter's name is Angel. As a teacher, I would use this book to address the importance of craft. The author us...
This was an excellent book. This tells the story of Solomon traveling to New York City trying to form a new life. This author uses a nice tone in this book. As a reader we can feel how the character feels in a new, big city. The author uses italicized word, colloquial language, and similes. With these combined it helps the reader get into the story and feel connected with the characters. This text can show the children that it is alright to be descriptive and use diverse languages. This promotes...
This is a wonderful children's illustrated book of a story of Solomon who lives a lonely life in New York City. He resides in one room wherein he cannot change anything, including the paint on the wall.In his older years, he looks back to growing up in the midwest. Finding NYC challenging and lonely he walks and walks and walks each night envisioning the corn fields and the love of family.One night, he visits a diner and is served by a smiling, kind man named Angel. With the welcome and goodbye
This story is about a man that moved from rural land to the city and how he reminisces about living in the rural, country land. I can really relate to this book because I live in the country and I can't imagine ever living in the city and not having the serenity of the country. I would feel just like Solomon does in this book if I had to move to the city. I would use this book with the strategy of asking questions.
This book was good. The illustrations looked real. It was about a guy who went to a Cafe every night and dream of his dreams. You should move toward your dreams. The guy wanted things he couldn't have in a hotel room so he just dream of having it. He had no one to love and was lonely and than he went to the cafe. The waiter was nice to him and kept telling him to come back. Keep chasing your dreams, dreams can come true.
I bought this book when my children were little and Peter Catalanotto came to their elementary school as a presenter. Of course all of Cynthia Rylant's children's books are true "keepers". Love them all but this one is about an old man who is alone, and lonely in the big city. He wishes he were back home where he knew people. But every night he goes to the diner and every night he orders up something and includes (but doesn't say it out loud) a wish. Eventually his wish comes true.
This book tells the story of a man who dreams of more, and lives in a dim reality. As he finds hope and optimism in a simple café from a friendly waiter, his attitude is transformed and he begins to see his world in a different light. The watercolor paintings carry much emotion throughout the story.
This is a great story about a man who has become complacent with his life until he finds a friend in a cafe. Solomon Singer was a very lonely man who dreamed of a bigger fuller life. This is a good story to show just how important personal relationships can be throughout life. It can show kids that it is important to be a good friend and have good friends because one day you may not have them.
I really enjoyed reading this book and liked the moral of the story. In the book Solomon is a lonely old man that lives in a simple apartment in NYC. He doesn't like his bleak life in the city and misses the Midwest where her grew up. But one evening he finds his own little slice of home in the city.
Rylant is wonderful at creating a mood, both in her chapter and picture books. I loved this gentle story of an old man living lonely in New York, while recalling his childhood in Indiana. The illustrations were dreamy and shadow-dreanched. I used it as a read aloud for 5th graders, and they were still engaged.
The story is lovely, but wouldn't be nearly as interesting without the glorious artwork by Peter Catalanotto. The use of reflection and light in this is just amazing and beautiful. A good book to teach about compassion and friendship.
An Angel For Solomon SingerRylant, CynthiaSolomon singer is a lonely sad man who does not like where he lives, does not like the city and has no one to love until he arrives at a small cafe and its kind waiter who makes the city not so lonely and makes Solomon a happy man.
A wonderful story of a man who has moved from the rural midwest to New York City. It is great to do the before, during, and after questions activity. You would be suprised what kind of discussion this book brings up.
This book has wonderful illustrations. It was a little weird but would be good for the classroom. It would be a good book for infering,but you would need to address and answer a few questions before hand.