The Matchbox Diary

matchboxdiaryWritten by Paul Fleischman, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline

This is a beautiful story about a grandfather sharing stories of his past through a collection of Matchboxes. I love how it shows the importance of keeping and remembering stories. It is interesting and captivating how the author has written the entire story in dialogue. The illustrations are in color for the present day scenes and in sepia tones when the grandfather is sharing a story. I think that this will be a fun read aloud even with older students.

Review by Cindy Dunn, Educational TechnologyMedia Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Pre-K and Up

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The Matchbox Diary
Written by Paul Fleischman, Illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
Candlewick Press
40 pages
Release Date: March 12, 2013
ISBN: 9780763646011 (hardcover)

Categories: Elementary – Picture Book
Tags: The Matchbox Diary, Paul Fleischman, Bagram Ibatoulline, Grandfather Picture Books, Family History Picture Books, Family Picture Books

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