Good, Merle. (1993). Amos and Susie an Amish Story. Pennsylvania: Good Books.
Genre: Multicultural Suggested Age: 1st-3rd grade.
iv. thoughts about particular issues raised in the book: The book is about what a brother and sister who are Amish do every day, such as help plow the fields and can fruit for preservatives. But it does not explain what being Amish is, which I think is important for kids to know before reading this book so that it will make sense. I understood the book clearly because I have previous knowledge about the Amish, but I think it would be confusing for children, they may think that being Amish is like being a farmer or owning a farm.
The illustrations are the only thing that show that the book is about a pair of Amish siblings. But for children that do not recognize the caps the women wear on their heads or the clothes that they are wearing may just think that the book is about normal people, but that they dress a little funny.
Lesson Sketch: Students will be able to discuss how Amos and Susie are alike and different from themselves.
Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrate understanding of their central message or lesson.