Summary: Chewandswallow is a very different town. Residents of this town never have to worry about going tot he grocery store or cooking meals. Their food falls straight from the sky. It rains soup, juice, and other drinks. It snows mashed potatoes. Storms of hamburgers blow in from all directions. Eventually the weather takes a turn for the worst, and the people of Chewandswallow are forced to leave town when the food falling from the sky becomes an unbearable burden.
Text and image: This book is formatted sort of like a comic book. The text is found in boxes and the illustrations match the text; the illustrations are also found in boxes. The detailed pictures really draw readers' attention to details that are left out of the text.
Publication Info: Carl R. SaAuthor: Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoic
Illustrator: Carl R. Sams II & Jean Stoic
Genre: fiction, photographic fantasy
Publication Info: Carl R. Sams II Photography, Inc. (2000)
Reading Level: Ages 9-12; fluent
Topic/Theme: winter, wild life, woodlands
Issues Addressed: feeding animals in the wild, winter in the woods
Classroom Uses: independent reading, read aloud; I would use this book to discuss the outdoors during the winter or spark discussion on how children interact with wild life
Summary: Animals in the woods sense that a stranger has arrived. They cautiously discover a snowman that has been built by children overnight. They also discover that the snowman can be eaten. There are seeds left in the hat, a carrot nose, and acorns for eyes and mouth. The animals enjoy the stranger and the children refill the treats often.
Text and image: The text in this book is positioned differently on some pages, which may make it hard for children to read. The photographs used as illustrations in this book really enhance the story and draw readers in to look at this mysterious stranger through the eyes of the woodland animals.
Literary Devices: personification (animals are speaking)...more
Summary: Bear has become quite ill, in fact he is too sick to even play with his friends. His friends decide to become his care givers, and try to make him feel better while taking care of him. They make him soup and tea, and make him get well drawings and sing him lullabies. After a while, bear feels much better thanks to the help of his friends, but his friends become sick. Now it's Bear's turn to care for his friends.
Text and image: The text in this book is really easy and inviting for young readers. It also uses repetition, which helps readers catch on to the key phrase "bear feels sick". The illustrations go along well with this story. They all closely match the text and help readers decode the meaning of the text.
Summary: This book is a collection of the stories of Frog and Toad. It revolves around the different events throughout the lives of friends Frog and Toad. Together, they enjoy spring time, help each other find items that have been lost, take care of one another when sick, go swimming, and go on other various outings that many friends usually do together.
Text and image: The text in this book is positioned really well which makes it easy for children who are learning to read longer stories. The illustrations don't necessarily go along exactly with what is happening in the text but they enhance the story.
Summary: Mirandy is trying to win the cake walk. She feels that in order to do so, she must capture Brother Wind and make him "do her bidding". In the end she does catch the wind, but Mirandy decides to dance with her friend Ezelbut. She does ask of Brother Wind to make Ezelbut dance without being so clumsy. The team wins the cake walk.
Text and image: The text in this book is easy for children to get involved in. They will follow Mirandy and hope she is able to catch Brother Wind in one way or another. The illustrations are great! They really go well with the text and they do a good job depicting Brother Wind throughout the story.