Cloud and Wallfish is a book about a boy and a girl during the time of the Cold War. Noah finds himself in a crazy and dangerous event when his parents decide to go on a trip to East Berlin. His whole life completely changes, and he has to forget his past of quiet, small-town living and take on a new secret identity. He also has to live by the new rules, like Rule #1: They are always listening!
The book was so well written that I felt that I, myself, was there. I was able to understand Noah and feel his fears. I loved this historic fiction novel and that it had true events and facts stored inside it. Some things were hard for me to understand, but it makes me want to learn more about this time. I loved the secret files at each end at the chapter; it helped me know more about what was going on. I would recommend this amazing book for people ten and up.
Cloud and Wallfish is a book full of secrets, codes, and friendships!
Parent note ” This was a really great book and I am happy my daughter picked to read this. Since I am from Germany myself, this was a subject dear to my heart and I am always wondering how I can teach her more about this time back then. Since we also had the opportunity to travel to Berlin the year before, it was really great to have another opportunity to talk about many events. I think the author did a great job of keeping a certain mood and mystery in the book. It wasn’t necessarily an easy read ( not so much because of events in the story but more because of the bit complicated story line and characters). I think my daughter really enjoyed it though and it helped her understand some of the history.
We are finally back in the swing of things and working with more of our curricula again. Some times it is good to take a little break just to discover how much you have even missed something. History was one of those things. We really love history and the girls have started begging me to start with Story of the world again. We had a very successful year with Volume 1 and Volume 2 we had started with, but with the move and everything it was just too much at times. We really love the activity book activity book that works along with SOTW and now that we are all back into it, it has been fun continuing our journey through history.
In Vol.2 you will discover the middle ages with your kids. Knights, Samurai’s, the crusades and so much more. There are endless extra sources and activities for most of these chapters and it has been hard just to pick a few here and there.
Here are just some fun things we have done recently.
One very fun activity, my younger one loved it especailly, was to build a stone castle out of rice krispies. This was one of those that might look better on pinterest lol. But we really had tons of fun building it, and it turnt out to be a delicious treat afterwards.
For this subject you won’t have trouble finding good books. There are so many to choose from. One that was suggested from SOTW was the three Samurai cats. Unfortunately it seems to be out of print, but you might be able to find it at the library also ( like me) or you might find it used. It really was a good fit for the samurai topic in chapter 17.
Another favorite book, and a favorite series I would really like to introduce (it really deserves it’s on post, that i will hopefully get together soon) is You wouldn’t want to be a crusader. This series is really amazing and so much fun to read. There are so many good ones to choose from ,some are even part of many curricula, including MBTP
We also enjoyed the story’s of saint george and some of these other books above. Really there are tons of materials and you could probably spent 2 years studying it with the kids easily, afterall most kids love knights and pricesses 😀 It also reminded us again of our wonderful time we had in Germany with our family. I am hoping things will somehow work out and we can visit again soon and explore more of Germany and more of history. Nothing beats learning by traveling ❤