Reading Level: Early Transi...moreAuthor: Candace Christiansen
Illustrator: Elaine Greenstein
Genre: Narrative picture book
Publication Info: Scholastic (1997)
Reading Level: Early Transitional
Topic/Theme: Charity or donations/ Friendship/ Giving
Issues Addressed: The gift of giving.
Classroom Uses: Shared Reading, Read Aloud
Summary: Sarah sees a little boy who does not have mittens. She decides to knit him some mittens and put them somewhere where she knows the boy will see them. She ends up knitting a bunch of gloves for children. She ends up getting a basket of yarn on her doorstep which shows that her knitting is appreciated.
Text and image: The illustrations are beautifully done in watercolors. Greenstein masters the correlation of color and winter. The text matches with the images wonderfully.
Topic/Theme: Honesty/ T...moreAuthor: John Burningham
Genre: Fictional picture book
Publication Info: Crown Publishers, Inc (1987)
Reading Level: Transitional
Topic/Theme: Honesty/ Trust/ self-deception
Issues Addressed: Strange things do occur, you just have to choose whether or not to believe them.
Classroom Uses: Shared Reading, Readers Theatre.
Summary: John (long name) is walking to school and a lot of strange things happen. He encounters lions, hairy gorillas, crocodiles, and tidle waves on his way to school. His teacher does not believe him and punishes him for being late to school. The teacher ends up finding out the truth because he gets held up on the ceiling by a big hairy gorilla.
Text and image: The text and the images correlate together. Both the text and the images are absolutely hilarious.
Literary Devices: flashback, irony, figurative language, and personification (less)
Issues Addressed: The different types of sea creatures under the sea.
Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Individual Reading.
Summary: Andreae walks his readers through an underwater adventure. Readers are able to meet dolphins, swordfish, jellyfish, angelfish, sharks, walruses, and many more. He talks about the differences between the sea creatures and the similarities as well.
Text and image: The text and the images match up wonderfully. Sometimes the author asks you to find something hiding within the illustrations. This offers an interactive experience for children.
Topic/Theme: Hardship/ Trust/ D...moreAuthor: Arnold Lobel
Genre: Fictional picture book
Publication Info: Scholastic (1982)
Reading Level: Transitional- Fluent
Topic/Theme: Hardship/ Trust/ Determination
Issues Addressed: Determination with perseverance pull off.
Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Readers Theatre, and shared reading.
Summary: Ming Lo and his wife live on the side of a mountain. This is the worst place to live because they don't get any sunlight and rocks are always falling into their roof. Ming Lo decides to ask the wise man for some help. The wise man asks him to do strange things like bang pots and pans and ram a tree into the side of the mountain. These methods do not help to move the mountain. Eventually, Ming Lo moves the mountain by relocating his house.
Text and image:The text is hilarious and the images add to the humor. The text matches up with the images.
Summary: The animals on the farm find out about a talent show. Farmer Brown does not suspect a thing whenever they are practicing in the middle of the night. The cows practice Twinkle Little Star (in moo of course), while the sheep and duck practice as well. They end up going to the talent show and the judges are amazed. Duck ends up winning the prize (trampoline) by singing Born to be Wild (in quack of course).
Text and image: The images are masterfully drawn in watercolor. The pictures are beautiful and offer a comical attribute to the text.
Literary Devices: personification (animals on farm), onomatopoeia (boing, quack,moo) (less)
Issues Addressed: Family relationships have changed over the decade. Both parents are working and have less time available to spend with children.
Classroom Uses: Read Aloud, Individual Reading
Summary: Coraline moves into a strange house with her mom and father. She is the only child and has plenty of time on her hands to explore. She finds herself exploring into a tunnel that leads her to another world. The only thing is, the world looks exactly the same as the world she was just in. The only difference is, her parents are exactly the way she wanted them to be. However, the grass is not always greener on the other side. Coraline figures this out quickly.
Text and image: The illustrations in the book are black and white. I think this was appropriate to depict the other mother. The text is so actively engaging, I had to read the book more than once. There is so much figurative language and imaginative use of literacy, that the audience is immediately captivated into Coraline's life.