From School Library Journal Grade 1-3–Two veteran cartoonists collaborate to create a comic-strip-style book for beginning readers. Otto, an orange catFrom School Library Journal Grade 1-3–Two veteran cartoonists collaborate to create a comic-strip-style book for beginning readers. Otto, an orange cat, receives a mysterious lamp from his aunt. While dusting it off, he releases the genie that resides within and is offered a wish as a reward. Otto declares that he would like everything in the world to be orange, his favorite color; however, after his wish is granted, the results–including a bad-tasting orange lamb chop and an orange-only traffic light that causes car accidents–soon cause him to have second thoughts. With the help of Aunt Sally Lee, Otto outsmarts the genie and sets things right. Each page features one to four panels, and the bulk of the story is told through dialogue balloons. The cartoons are lively and colorful. Clear chapter divisions, a clean graphic design, and large-size print make this title more appropriate for early readers than most comic-book offerings. Still, true beginners may have trouble with some of the vocabulary and struggle to follow the narrative flow. Offer this to book readers with a bit of experience under their belts and an interest in comics and cartoons.–Joy Fleishhacker, School Library Journal
My comments: This books was great and I would highly recommend it. I think that it could be used as a gateway book for students who may be turned off by graphic novels. It is funny, creative and can capture an keep the attention of youngsters! ...more
This is a collection of concrete poems that uses the subject to help "shape" the direction of the text. Each poem helps describe a season or an eventThis is a collection of concrete poems that uses the subject to help "shape" the direction of the text. Each poem helps describe a season or an event that takes place during it. In the summer section you see a poem about the fourth of July, shaped like an American flag and a beach filled poem shaped like the waves of the ocean. In the spring there is text falling from the sky to describe a rainy day. An icicle dangles from a roof top to describe a snowy day. The illustrations are very child friendly and help bring the poems to life. I think this would be a great gateway book into the world of concrete poetry. It does such a great job of using hte text to clearly illustrate the subject of the poem. They are also about events that kids could relate to, which would help springboard ideas that they could write about as well! ...more
This poetry book is filled with rhyming poetry about various sports. It highlights on the fun had while playing the sport rather than being spectaculaThis poetry book is filled with rhyming poetry about various sports. It highlights on the fun had while playing the sport rather than being spectacular at it. It talks about kids who make attempts at touchdowns, home runs, and slam dunks, but may have not quite been the star of the team. The pictures int he book are very creative because it looks as if it was illustrated by a child. All of the illustrations are two page spreads that capture the emotions and motions of the kids while playing the sport. This would be a great way to introduce poetry to students, especially at the younger elementary level. This book also won the Children's Poet Laureate award. ...more
This is a collection of 29 poems that include the topics of spring, winter, rain, seasonal activities, and other topics about nature. What I enjoyed mThis is a collection of 29 poems that include the topics of spring, winter, rain, seasonal activities, and other topics about nature. What I enjoyed most about this book was the variety of poems within it. The structure of each varied, but yet they were all simple and short. It would be a great book to use with older elementary students when introducing different types of poetry. The illustrations in the book were also very appealing. The use of watercolor helps captivate the feeling of springtime. Students can use this poetry collection to view different ways they can write about one particular subject. When writing about spring you can focus on the flowers, the rain, or jumping in puddles! Each gives a different viewpoint on the same topic. ...more
This book was my personal favorite, filled with poems told by dogs! Each page is dedicated to one dog that is given a name and tells a story about hisThis book was my personal favorite, filled with poems told by dogs! Each page is dedicated to one dog that is given a name and tells a story about his or her life and past. It is funny to read about a dogs view on their surroundings, life, and owners. I think that kids of any age would really find this type of poetry humorous and entertaining.The illustrations take up two pages and help illustrate each dog's personality. Wupsi, a hyper dog is shown jumping across the page upside down. The text also helps express the personality of each dog. Words are highlights, enlarged, and creatively places to emphasize different parts of each poem. It is a wonderful book that teachers should share for pure enjoyment! ...more
In this funny story, a witch happily flies around on a broom with her cat, until she looses her hat. As she searches for it she makes friends with sevIn this funny story, a witch happily flies around on a broom with her cat, until she looses her hat. As she searches for it she makes friends with sevearl helpful animals who join them on thier journey. Each animal helps the witch in some way and when the witch is threatned by a dragon, the animals save the day by creating a interesting choir!
I loved this book. I read it to my students a few weeks ago during Halloween. They giggled at the lightweight plot line and thoroughly enjoyed the poetic attributes. I used this book in junction with teaching my students to visualize. The text was so funny that they were motivated to create goofy, creative pictures. It was also great to help them recognize and point out rhyming words. I feel like it would be perfect for kindergarten and first grade. The older students may enjoy the book but the plot is very predictable. ...more
This poetry book is presented as a collection of letters written by children, to the planet earth. It is very creative and filled with many differentThis poetry book is presented as a collection of letters written by children, to the planet earth. It is very creative and filled with many different feelings and experiences associated with childhood. When reading the poems you really do feel like you are looking at an expereince through the eyes of a child. I especially enjoyed the winter poem where a child apologizes for having a cold that prevents them from making a snowman. This is a great collection that children can relate to and it also helps celebrate the world we live in and appreciate the beauty around us! ...more
Almost gone is an informational book about endangered species. At the beginning of the book it gives a child friendly definition on what makes a speciAlmost gone is an informational book about endangered species. At the beginning of the book it gives a child friendly definition on what makes a species of animals endangered. Throughout the book it gives a brief overview of each identified animal, it's history, and how it became endangered. At the end of the story is has a list of the animals with numbers next to them. There is a corresponding map so that students are able to identify where the animals live around the world.
This wonderful book would be great to use with older elementary and middle school students. The illustrations are simple, yet detailed enough for students to understand the significant characteristics of each animal. I really enjoyed the beginning of the book where the author talked about what it means to be an endangered species. I also felt that the map at the end of the story was very meaningful, especially for visual learners. This book provided several passages to help learners remember endangered animals! ...more
I listened to this book on CD. This is the story of Pillipe Petit's tight rope walk between the New York City's World Trade Towers. The story took plaI listened to this book on CD. This is the story of Pillipe Petit's tight rope walk between the New York City's World Trade Towers. The story took place in 1974. It serves not only as a story of hope and inspiration, but also as a memorial to the Twin Towers.
The illustrations to this story were what it so wonderful and engaging. They helped bring the story to life with the vibrant colors and interesting perspectives on each page.
This story can be used in so many ways. I currently read this story to my kindergartens during our Buildings unit. We do a week dedicated to skyscrapers. Each year they become so wrapped up in the book. The illustrations help grasp their attention and the highly climactic storyline keeps them focused. When I taught second grade I read this story in honor of September 11th. I think it is an appropriate way to remember what happened while keeping the focus positive! When I read it this week I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures more so than I ever have in the past. It is a wonderful story.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers tells the story of Phillipe Petit's tight rope walk between Manhattan's World Trade Towers in 1974. The breathtaking illustrations and perspective only add to this story that takes readers through a seuquence of events before building up to the riveting climax. Just when readers think Petit will never be able to walk between the towers, he is standing right between them with elegannt view of the city below. This book also provides a memorial to the towers and the lives that have been associated with them. ...more
This is a first year teacher's story about teaching in an urban environment. She was presented with the challenging task of working with at risk studeThis is a first year teacher's story about teaching in an urban environment. She was presented with the challenging task of working with at risk students who were though of as "unteachable." She was able to build a relationship of trust with them and help them use writing to express some of their painful experiences. She showed them the importance of learning in a meaningful way. It is an inspirational story that would be great to use with a group of high school students. ...more
This book provides a unique perspective on animal and family relationships. It takes a look at animals and how they treat their siblings. It providesThis book provides a unique perspective on animal and family relationships. It takes a look at animals and how they treat their siblings. It provides an overview of their relationship dynamics and if they are strangers, best friends, helpers, or rivals. the pictures are child friendly and help keep younger readers engaged. On top of the detailed description it also has emphasized text that sums up what is going on in the illustration and the overall dynamic between the siblings.
I think this is an very engaging book and could be used with a variety of age levels. If it is used with older elementary school students you could read the entire detailed paragraph as well as take a look at the picture. If you use this book with younger readers you could focus more on important facts from the paragraph as well as the illustration and the emphasized text. This book would work nicely in a family unit, relationship unit, or animals unit. Great book! ...more
This is the story of Ruby Bridges, a brave six year old African American girl, who enrolls in an all white school in 1960. Once she enrolled many pareThis is the story of Ruby Bridges, a brave six year old African American girl, who enrolls in an all white school in 1960. Once she enrolled many parents were outraged and withdrew their kids. At one point Ruby was in a class all by herself with just her teacher. It is a story of perseverance, courage and hope. It tells a great historic lesson in a way that captivates the audience of young children and adults. The illustrations in this book were very appealing. This book could be used with early elementary students as will as middle school students. It could be used when talking about this time period and segregation. ...more
This is a creative book filled with interesting facts about the Presidency. In a humor and appealing way it talks about the pros and cons of being preThis is a creative book filled with interesting facts about the Presidency. In a humor and appealing way it talks about the pros and cons of being president and what kind of person it really takes to do the job. It gives many interesting historical facts and helps children understand the importance the duties a president has and that even they are not prefect. I felt like this book would be best suitable for older elementary and middle school students. I thought it allows for very important student questions about impeachment and important historical figures. The pictures are very charming and help bring out the humorous side of this story.
This story takes place during the depression. A young boy and his father, who is currently unemployed, learn about plans of how this building will beThis story takes place during the depression. A young boy and his father, who is currently unemployed, learn about plans of how this building will be built. They go and visit frequently and look at the rising tower as a symbol of hope and better times ahead. The story is told from the young boys perspective and in a present day tone. The illustrations are beautiful and help bring the story to life. I think this book would be most appropriate for younger elementary aged students. ...more