Topics and Themes: This book is about Christmas. Opus, the main character, wishes that he had...moreGenre: Picture book
Reading Level: transitional, ages 6-10
Topics and Themes: This book is about Christmas. Opus, the main character, wishes that he had wings that work like other birds. The book is about accepting what you are given because everyone is special in their own ways.
Curricular Use: Good for a read aloud
Social: This book deals with accepting the things we cannot change. Opus is envious of other birds who can fly. He tries to fly several times but it never quite works. He wishes to Santa to bring him wings that work. He ends up saving Santa and his sleigh when it gets stuck in the water. Penguins are good underwater but none of the other birds can help. He saves the day with his abilities.
Literary Element: Uses foreshading. In the beginning he wants to fly so bad but can't. After he saves Santa, all the birds that can fly make his wish come true. It also uses irony. He wishes to be any bird other than a penguin because he can't fly. In the end though all the other birds are jealous of him because he saves Santa.
Text and Illustrations: The illustrations are beautiful. The author/ illustrator also has an Opus comic strip. He takes this book much further than his comic strips though to create intricate skylines and detailed pictures. The text and pictures are also very humorous.(less)
Topics and Themes: Two friends spend the day together in the city. Defiantely explores th...moreGenre: wordless picture book
Reading Level: emergent: ages 2-7
Topics and Themes: Two friends spend the day together in the city. Defiantely explores the theme of friendship.
Curricular Use: Have students write a story to go along with the pictures.
Social: Shows two friends interacting and having fun together. The Chicken and Cat spend a day in a large city. It may be hard for children to relate to the activities the pair do together, such as riding on a subway, if the students are from a more rural area. It would be a good idea to compare these two "city friends" to what your students enjoy doing in the country.
Literary Element: Actions and events depicted in the photographs are used to tell the story.
Text and Pictures:This book contains no text except for a few store names printed in the illustrations. The pictures really encompass the story even without words to go along. The illustrations get the reader involved with the book using the characters gaze and color.(less)
Topics and Themes: This book is about the author's view of art. He uses items from our culture, such as...moreGenre: Art book
Reading Level:Fluent: ages 9- 12
Topics and Themes: This book is about the author's view of art. He uses items from our culture, such as cereal boxes, to create works of art. Some of the art features new ways of seeing popular items. Other pieces are about American culture. He recreates the Gettysburg Address in one of his artworks.
Curricular Use: Great for introducing new genres into the classroom.
Social: This book allows children to see the word through a different medium. There is text to go along with the art but it describes how the artist made his works and why. This is not your typical artwork either; he uses pieces of cereal boxes to create art. It allows the children to see the world through a differnt lens than they are used to.
Literary Element: The author/artist cescribes his work with a direct presentation. He details what he tried to convey with his work and how he tried to accomplish this.
Text and Illustrations: The pictures in this book are actually works of art created by the author. The text describes his artwork.(less)
Topics and Themes: This book tells the story of a boy and his favorite tree. They start out spendin...moreGenre: Picture book
Reading Level: Early: ages 4-8
Topics and Themes: This book tells the story of a boy and his favorite tree. They start out spending every day together but as the boy grows older he doesn't see a need for the tree anymore. The tree keeps giving all that he has to the boy as he grows until it has nothing left to give. There are many themes to this book. One is friendship and another could be giving.
Curricular Use: Read Aloud
Social: This books discusses friendship and how a friendship can be unhealthy. The boy and tree begin as best friends but as the boy grows he begins to only use the tree for what it can give him. The tree fells lost and saddened by this.
Literary Element:Personification is used because the tree has feelings. He also gives all he has to his friend.
Text and Pictures:There is minimal text throughout the book. The pictures are simple but used to depict emotion in the tree. There are only a few colors used but the way the illustrator draws allows you to see and feel the pain of the failing friendship. (less)
This book is hilarious! The author wrote really odd letters to different companies about thier stores or products and he also printed the responces. I...moreThis book is hilarious! The author wrote really odd letters to different companies about thier stores or products and he also printed the responces. I really enjoyed reading it(less)
I first read this book as a pre teen but have read it about thirty times since then! I love the story line and the way Christopher Pike sets up the pl...moreI first read this book as a pre teen but have read it about thirty times since then! I love the story line and the way Christopher Pike sets up the plot.(less)
Topics and Themes: This book shows a young bunny, Honey Bunny, exploring the world with hi...moreGenre: Fictional Picture book
Reading Level: Early: ages 4-6
Topics and Themes: This book shows a young bunny, Honey Bunny, exploring the world with his Mama Bunny. At one point the Young Bunny gets lost and Mama Bunny has to find her little Bunny. This book uses the themes of love and family to show what happens to Mama and Honey Bunny.
Curricular Use:Read- Aloud or good book for early readers guided reading.
Social: This story shows a mother and baby bunny together. It does not depict the 'typical' family shown in most Eurocentric books. This could be good because there really is no typical American family anymore. It could bring up some questions though because there is only a Mother present in the story.
Literary Element: This book uses foreshadowing to show that Bunny My Honey may be heading into trouble. He slowly explores further and further away from Mama Bunny and the reader can see he may be getting himself to far away.
Text and Pictures: The pictures go well with the text. The characters are drawn to look very sweet and emotion is depicted in their faces very well. (less)
Topics and Themes:Tells the classic tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' from the Wolf's...moreGenre: Picture book
Reading Level: Late Early- Early Transitional
Topics and Themes:Tells the classic tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' from the Wolf's point of view.
Curricular Use: Read- Aloud
Social: Twists an old Eurocentric fairy tale. In the traditional tale it has a happy ending but this story is written like more international fairy tales. In this story the wolf does eat the pigs and just ends up in jail at the end.
Literary Element: The inciting force of the story happens when the Wolf goes to ask the Pigs for sugar. When he does this the Pigs are not pleasant with the Wolf and that is what makes hi blow thier houses down.
Text and Pictures: The pictures are done in earth tones. There are not a lot of bright colors used because the Wolf tells the story in a somber mood. He is already in jail when he tells the reader his book. (less)