November 10 marks the anniversary of the 1975 sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a Great Lakes freighter that went down in a storm in Lake Superior. (You guys know how much I’m fascinated by Great Lakes freighters, right? Some good publishing news on that coming up soon!) I’m grateful for water in so many ways, but storms are always a great reminder of the power and force of water, too.
In Water Can Be…, which celebrates all the ways water shapes our world, there’s a powerful page that always makes me think of the Fitz…
I love water so much, but we should never underestimate it! I was really glad Violeta Dabija illustrated this phrase with a boat that has a color scheme that mimics the one used on many Great Lakes freighters. I think of the Fitz every single time I turn this page.
[My Classroom Connections posts share a way to connect one of my books or poems to a classroom topic–often something timely that you might be covering in the next month or so. Please share this post if you have educator friends who might be interested–thanks!]