I love the story this book tells, but even more I love the story the illustrations tell. The pictures illustrate what the text says, but adds many litI love the story this book tells, but even more I love the story the illustrations tell. The pictures illustrate what the text says, but adds many little details. I liked that in each picture of the ducklings after they were hatched they were all doing something different. One was always looking down, one was right there with his mother, one was always a little behind just trying to catch up, and one was always looking up usually searching for a fly. The detail of these simple pictures are amazing too. Each person is doing something different. I like how when the swam boat comes by all the children are doing something instead of just sitting there looking. Some are hanging over the side, others are standing. I believe that to be how kids would really act were they on this boat. Also, I just like how the illustrations added just extra details to the buildings or a shocked look on the people passing by. Everything seems to have a purpose and I think I could look through this book many times and always find something new. ...more
What a clever book! This is a book full of puns, something I am not the biggest fan of, yet I liked the way Holub used them here. Reading each page thWhat a clever book! This is a book full of puns, something I am not the biggest fan of, yet I liked the way Holub used them here. Reading each page then looking over the illustrations to see how the words and the pictures connected made me laugh many times. The pictures complimented and added to the text is a funny and wonderful way. I think a reason I enjoyed this book so much is because it is a play on many of the fairy tales I grew up with and am very familiar with, therefore I felt like I was in on the joke.
I can see this being a good read aloud for preschool students because they would like the illustrations and how some of the characters have hands or feet for heads. I think they would be able to follow the story, but not completely understand it being a take off of fairy tales. Upper primary students would totally be in on the joke though. They are also possibly very familiar with the traditional and well known fairy tale versions of the stories. A great unit to do with those students would be to have them read (or be read to) multiple versions of the fairy tales to compare and contrast. After reading they can act out the different versions, participate in conversations, do writings, and many more. This book can be added to that or as a fun treat at the end of the unit.
I would compare this book most closely with The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. I am not familiar with other books that are formatted like these two, but gathering a bunch to do activities with by comparing them to the traditional versions would also be a good activity. ...more
Having almost been blown over by wind many times, the premise of this book became very interesting to me. The ladies in a town in Iceland could not thHaving almost been blown over by wind many times, the premise of this book became very interesting to me. The ladies in a town in Iceland could not think of a good solution to deal with the wind and how it was having a negative impact on their daily routines so they decided to plant trees. After some animals were not helping they built a fence and the wind was no longer a bother (well, most of the time).
I have never been to Iceland but the illustrations from the story seem very realistic that it made me feel I was there. The background on each page looks like it can be most places, but with the text to describe the pictures it is most definitely Iceland. The people do not look completely realistic but their facial expressions do.
This story would be a god one to use with students as an example of problem solving. Even more so, it can be lead to discussions on how to figure out solutions to problems with weather and daily life outside. While it would be a good read aloud on its own, I think I would incorporate it in science as a way to introduce aspects of weather or to come up with solutions when weather gives living a normal every day life some problems. ...more
This book fast became on of my favorite books ever. There is so much in it that is enjoyable and even with a somewhat outrageous premise (You buy donuThis book fast became on of my favorite books ever. There is so much in it that is enjoyable and even with a somewhat outrageous premise (You buy donuts and guess what? A dinosaur comes with it! You get a haircut and instead of getting a balloon, you get a dinosaur!)it is believable. I found this book because it was recommended in The Horn Book Magazine and I noticed it because of the cover. The dinosaur looks like what I have come to think dinosaurs to look like, though it is a little cartoonish probably due to the fact that this is a children's book. A real looking dinosaur and a child swinging off it's tail. Then when I got the book I had to laugh when I saw the back cover with the family dog pulling a dinosaur in a litle red wagon. My family dog would never go in the little red wagon, she would always jump out. But this god and dinosaur seem to be having fun.
The story is a simple one that most anyone can relate to...going on a day of errands with mom. As the story progresses the child gets happier and the mom more nervous. I love the double page illustration on pages 12 and 13 that show two families walking down the city block. The children are as happy as can be and are being pulled by their mothers. Behind them are their new and ever loyal dinosaurs. The faces on the mothers look absolutely frustrated.
I think this whole book would be great as a read loud in preschool and especially primary classrooms. While the students will be able to relate to some aspects, I think it is the illustrations that will really bring them in. They can get wrapped up and talk forever about the detail of the illustrations. I do not think I would use it as a way to introduce dinosaurs to my students, but it would be a good book to use as a way to talk about how illustrations can add to the text of a book. ...more