Bridget loves to draw, and she likes to wear a beret for inspiration. So when her beloved hat blows away, Bridget searches for it high and low. She files a Missing Beret Report. She even considers other hats, but none of them feel quite right. It’s no use; without her beret, Bridget can’t seem to draw. How will she overcome her artist’s block?
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Genre: realistic fiction
Pre-reading activity: For this book, I would use the "list, group, label" activity shown on www.readingrockets.org. In this activity, students improve and expand their vocabulary and comprehension by brainstorming words related to the topic of the book they are about to read. They then sort the words and, therefore, work on their categorization skills. Students also use critical thinking skills as they label their categories and verbally justify these lab...more
The story contains several vocabulary words that might be new to children in Grades K-2. I chose the List-Group-Label pre-reading strategy to help them learn the new words.
The following words are taken from the text. Each word is written on an individual card.
On the board is written three group titles:
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What a neat book! I so enjoyed Bridget's story. I could so empathize with her feelings about the creative process (except, for me, it's writing instead of art) and thought t...more
Appeal: There are lots of ways to incorporate this story into the classroom. The first thing that came to mind was how perfect the book would be for an Art class or an art lesson. In the story, Bridget loves to draw and paint but she thinks she is only good at it because of her beret. She soon discovers that she is just as talented wi...more
Genre: Children's Picture Book- Realistic Fiction
Pre-Reading Strategy: First Lines
First Lines is a strategy in which students read the beginning sentences from a book and make predictions about the content of what they're about to read. This pre-reading technique helps students focus their attention on what they can tell from the first lines of a story. As students read the text in its entirety they discuss, revisit and/or revise their original predictions. I chose this pre-read...more
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It has wonderful illustrations, especially the pictures of the dog and the pictures of artists’ famous pictures, and the whimsical takes on them, and then just the general e...more
Bridget is the main character of this story and it takes place in her home/ neighborhood which is unidentified in the book. She is a young artist who loves to draw everything and everywhere, but her favorite place to draw it outside. Out in the open among the trees and the birds,...more
Appeal: I think this book would appeal to 2nd and 3rd graders because of the excitement the story line presents. The book has fun and colorful illustrations. It is easy to follow and has an imaginative sense.
Application: I would use this book for a list-group-label activity. I would chose art/creativity as the main concept. After listing words the class brainstormed in re...more
Appeal: I think this book would appeal to 2nd and 3rd graders because of the amount of independence that Bridget shows. They will enjoy seeing how Bridget continues to paint even after she loses her beret. It is a fun, easy read for children.
Application: I might use this book to help with class introductions at the beginning of the school year. I feel i...more
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Pre-reading strategy: Anticipation/reaction guide
For Bridget's Beret, I would make a list of questions about the book for the students to get thinking. Why does Bridget wear her beret? What does Bridget do? If Bridget wore other hats, what would she paint? What will happen if she doesn't have her beret? I would have the students discuss these questions and share with a partner to do some pre-reading guessing for how the book will turn out. However I don'...more
Tom Lichtenheld did a great...more
Appeal: The cover of this book is very bright and welcoming, so I think that helps the appeal. Another aspect that helps the appeal is the fact that the main character is an artist. Most children find art fu...more
Appeal – It would appeal to students because of the excitement, colors, and the passion of a little girl. It is something they will be able to relate to. They will enjoy her paintings before and after she loses her inspiration.
Application – This would be a great discussion for how people need to keep trying even when something gets in their way. You could also talk about art appreciation and have...more
Might work in a preschool storytime. Probably best in a lap-read or read-alone.
Appeal: This book is very colorful! Each page has full page pictures and they tell the story really well. The story moves along pretty quickly. It also has fun little cartoons on t...more
Audience: Bridget’s Beret is good for K-3rd grade because it does use some concepts that are harder to grasp for younger children. The audience needs to be able to understand the feelings that Bridget is experiencing when she loses her hat.
Appeal: This book is a very good book for connecting feelings to real-life experiences. The book can explain to the student that just because something bad happens to the child does not necessarily mean that it has to affect them for so long. It te...more
Illustrations are very cuteink, colored pencil, watercolor and sidewalk chalk on 80-pound Strathmore Aquarius watercolor paper. Tom Lichtenheld includes a little backmatter about famous artists...more
Appeal: When looking for the right book to help students who feel that they aren't good at anything. Bridget does a great job of working through her misfortunes, even when she doesn't realize that she is. Students would enjoy the humorous little side comments, as I did, and the funny pictures. I also really enjoyed that there were ideas to help jump start art. Many great ideas listed in the back few pages.
Award list: 2012-2013 Golden Sower Nominee...more
The narrative is fun to read aloud and the illustrations are terrific. We really enjoyed rea...more
Appeal: This story will heighten any art teachers interest by the vivid colors and text that comes with the story. This can be used to show that inspiration comes in any and many forms. English teachers could use this a writing extensions on how they kids' find their inspiration and how even if that was taken away how they could still do what they love whether it's writing, art, reading, etc.