Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans

Marvelous Cornelius Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans In New Orleans there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling and he swept them clean He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along The old ladies whistled and whirled The

  • Title: Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans
  • Author: Phil Bildner John Parra
  • ISBN: 9781452125787
  • Page: 458
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along The old ladies whistled and whirled The old men hooted and hollered The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one man parade But then came the rising Mississippi and a storm greater thIn New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along The old ladies whistled and whirled The old men hooted and hollered The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one man parade But then came the rising Mississippi and a storm greater than anyone had seen before In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspiring story of a humble man and the heroic difference he made in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Plus, this is a fixed format version of the book, which looks nearly identical to the print version.

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    1. Phil Bildner does it again! This book shares the spirit of New Orleans before and after hurricane Katrina. In this folk tale like story, Bildner tells the tale of real-life trash collector Cornelius and amazing work ethic. Filled with figurative language like alliteration & repetition this book would make an amazing read aloud! Perfect mentor text for figurative language, folk tales, theme & as a tradebook for Social Studies! A true treasure for any teacher or classroom library!

    2. A great tool in introducing elements of folk tales. Quote by MLK in the very beginning is a powerful launching into the life of Cornelius Washington. Author's notes are valuable to share with students after reading. Website link included in note would be welcomed by students as an opportunity to try their hand at writing folktales. There's just a lot to use within the beautiful tribute to Cornelius and New Orleans.

    3. A beautifully told and illustrated story about a contemporary folk hero with an infectious, irrepressible spirit.

    4. Based on the real Cornelius Washington, a sanitation worker who worked and lived in New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina. Pair with Drowned City by Don Brown (NF) and Inside Out In The Middle of Nowhere (Fic).

    5. "For far too long water, water everywhere. A gumbo of mush and mud." Author Phil Bildner, introduces us to the sanitation worker Cornelius Washington. He became a hero and symbolized the energy and spirit of New Orleans. The story details how when Hurricane Katrina struck the city, New Orleans suffered destruction and desperation but fought through and rose again. The author using alliteration, repetition, and exaggeration to emulate the American folk tradition. There are plenty of elements to n [...]

    6. As the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, bringing with it media coverage and reflections on the storm and its destruction, this is a lovely tribute to the resilience of New Orleans and its citizens. Relying on the folk tale tradition to tell his story, the author introduces readers to Cornelius Washington, called Marvelous Cornelius in the story, a garbage collector who takes to heart Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s admonition that whatever job we do, we should do it well. Marvelo [...]

    7. The last week in August 2005 a nation, admittedly persons around the world, watched with growing alarm as a force of nature spun toward the southern edge of the United States. On the 29th it reached landfall along the Gulf Coast. Hurricane Katrina stretched some four hundred miles with sustained winds reaching between one hundred and one hundred forty miles per hour. The loss of life, the loss of a way of living and personal property was catastrophic.One man, Cornelius Washington, in the wake of [...]

    8. Text: 5 starsIllustrations: 5 starsPicture book biography, stretched as a bit of a tall tale, based on the life of a sanitation worker in New Orleans. Contrasts life in that city before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina. Though it is mentioned in an author's note in the back of the book, I find it odd that the hurricane is not specifically named in the book's text. But the text manages to say a lot in few words, and is enhanced through word play. The illustration style evokes the spirit of Ne [...]

    9. Is there ever going to be a Chronicle picture book I just don't care for? Well, not if it's a true story about a heroic and beloved garbageman in New Orleans. 900 stars for paying tribute to a real champion, capturing the best city and providing the opportunity to yell "Hootie Hoooooooo" in storytime.

    10. This is a great book about a sanitation worker who worked with determination and style. He waved to everyone he saw and would dance in the streets as he picked up the garbage. He was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and how it ruined New Orleans but as he worked the community and volunteers helped him clean up.

    11. Marvelous Cornelius was a street sweeper in New Orleans. He loved his job to clean the street in New Orleans, singing a song and dancing when he picked up bags of trash and threw them into the hopper, which is a container for trash. When the hurricane Katrina passed New Orleans, destroying the city and leaving ruins on the street, he stood up and dried his eyes to reconstruct the city by doing his daily routines. With help from the neighboring communities and volunteers from other states, the ci [...]

    12. This book is really cute. While it is based on true events, and I am sure that this man worked very hard to clean up New Orleans after a hurricane, it was approached in a slightly whimsical way so that it seemed that he cleaned it up quickly and without anyone else's help. This was effective for showing how important this person was and how well they worked to help out, but it seemed a little more like a superhero story rather than a true story about someone using their work to help change someo [...]

    13. NON-FICTION - Ed 230This is a true story about a man who lived in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He saw the immense amount of damage among the streets and decided to take the responsibility of cleaning them. He also took it upon himself to dance around and help lift everyone's spirits. I loved this story because it shows how much of an impact one person's actions can have on the people around them, which is an important lesson I want to teach my students.

    14. This story, based on a real man, was heartwarming and uplifting. I loved the impact Cornelius made in the wake of a hugely destructive storm, and I would recommend this book to anyone! It was a wonderful book that is unlike any other I've read. The illustrations definitely have a way of taking a reader to where the story unfolds.

    15. Marvelous Cornelious was written by Phil Blidner and illustrated by John Parra. This book is about a garbage man that made a difference in the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Throughout the story He swept one avenue clean and started another. The genre is fiction. This is a great book because it teaches children that average people can be super heroes after a disaster.

    16. Marvelous Cornelius is the story of a charismatic garbage collector in New Orleans, LA. He was know for his showy style of collecting the city's trash. After Hurricane Katrina he joined in the herculean effort to clean up the city.This is a fantastic way to introduce the story of Katrina to youngsters not able to quite grasp the concept of a category 5 hurricane.

    17. I have actually been to New Orleans and seen the memorials for hurricane katrina and it is haunting even at my age of 14 I really understood how big what happened was and seeing stories like conelius just puts the biggest smile on my face.

    18. Fantastic tall-tale style story about a real sanitation worker in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. Lots of teaching possibilities here!

    19. Lovely story about Cornelius, who did his job with passion and positivity. Set in New Orleans, before and after Hurricane Katrina, this makes for an excellent story to share with kids.

    20. A wonderful historical fiction book about the affects of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans and the unknown hero.

    21. Taking a moment here to raise my voice to say that this book rises way to the top of my favorites list in the picture book category this year.My second read, because I was still wowed by the quality after the first read, made me wonder if it was or wasn't fiction. I knew it was "based on" a real man. The third time through I finally read the back matter. I'm a huge fan of back matter, but tried not too read too early so that the "author's insight" wouldn't shape my reactions. Too many kids/teach [...]

    22. When I first saw this book I wondered if kids knew or cared about Hurricane Katrina. The kids in my classes were all born after the storm and probably have very little awareness of it. That’s probably not true for kids in New Orleans or the surrounding areas, but how much awareness do even they have? After reading the book, though, I don’t think any of that matters. Katrina is never named in the text of the story and it isn’t a book that focuses on the storm per se. Merely, it shows Cornel [...]

    23. In New Orleans, there lived a man who saw the streets as his calling, and he swept them clean. He danced up one avenue and down another and everyone danced along. The old ladies whistled and whirled. The old men hooted and hollered. The barbers, bead twirlers, and beignet bakers bounded behind that one-man parade. But then came the rising Mississippi--and a storm greater than anyone had seen before. In this heartwarming book about a real garbage man, Phil Bildner and John Parra tell the inspirin [...]

    24. Rationale: I chose this book because of the many literary aspects you can use this book to teach. Just like author Phil Bildner writes in his note, the book shows examples of repetition, alliteration, and hyperbole. This book is multicultural in that it shows a real person making a difference after a natural disaster. This person, Cornelius, is an African American garbage man. Even someone who may not do a glamourous job helped make a difference in his community. Even after he passed on, people [...]

    25. Marvelous CorneliusRationale:I selected this book for my culturally diverse text set because it features a story about an African-American man in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. An uplifting story about the spirit of a community after the natural disaster, Marvelous Cornelius focuses on a sanitation worker in the French quarter who sang, danced, and performed tricks. Not only a great look into the perspective and experience of Cornelius, this book is also based on a real [...]

    26. Cornelius worked in the French Quarter of New Orleans. He was a garbage man who loved his job. He greeted everyone in the neighborhoods and made sure that the streets were clean of even a single wrapper. He had amazing calls he used with his driver, shouting “Woo! Woo!” when it was time to stop and “Rat-a-tat-tat!” when it was time to drive on. He didn’t just carry bags from the curve, he tossed and juggled them, adding dance steps to his routine job. He could launch bags through the a [...]

    27. This is an inspirational story based on the real-life story of Cornelius Washington, a sanitation worker from the French Quarter in New Orleans. Cornelius helped in the recovery process after Hurricane Katrina but he collected trash with a flair, often using choreographed moves that made people take notice. But he also led groups of youths in the recovery process, knew where handicapped & elderly people lived, and taught the young "hoppers" (refuse collectors) how to do their job. The pictur [...]

    28. Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans. Some questioned whether it would ever be rebuilt. Yet, the efforts of many determined people—residents and volunteers from around the country and the world—have brought the city back from the brink and restored many of the areas that were affected.Phil Bildner celebrates the recovery and the efforts of everyone who wouldn’t give up on New Orleans with a picture book called Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Sp [...]

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