I chose this book because it gave me a nice, condensed history on one of my favorite artists. Author Diane Stanley takes the historyGrades: 2nd - 4th
I chose this book because it gave me a nice, condensed history on one of my favorite artists. Author Diane Stanley takes the history of this man and transforms it into a lively narrative. The story is given new life with her wonderfully detailed pictures, splicing her artwork with artwork made by Michelangelo himself. It is a well executed collaboration, and readers will be given pleny of history and artwork detailing the life of one of the best painters to have ever lived.
History/Fine Arts Lesson Ex:) I will ask the kids if they know about art? Specifically, Michelangelo, and his works; we will do a mini study of his more famous works and "rank" him in a list of painters....more
There is a lot to like about this book. Perhaps the most interesting trait about it is the narrative choice the author makes to tellGrades: 2nd - 4th
There is a lot to like about this book. Perhaps the most interesting trait about it is the narrative choice the author makes to tell about Ella Fitzgerald. Creatively, it will draw in children and be informational and yet not boring. The narrator is "Scat Cat," a feline who relays the story of Ella, from a little girl to the "vocal virtuosa" she would eventually become. The story moves at a brisk pace, but is easy to follow. The text is enhanced by the art deco pictures that surround each page. The way the art looks has that vintage quality to it that serves to accentuate the story. Well done.
History/Fine Arts Lesson Ex:) I would have the kids help me compare and contrast Ella's music by bringing in some of her songs and playing them in the class. Then, I would have the kids do a mini presentation telling me about the most important thing about Ella....more
What I enjoy about this book is the fact that I knew very little about this man. Upon reading this book, I was re-introduced to an inGrades: 2nd - 4th
What I enjoy about this book is the fact that I knew very little about this man. Upon reading this book, I was re-introduced to an inventor whose place in history was for the most part undefined until recent years. The text is full of information about Philo's life, from childhood interests to inventions he patented to his 'epiphany' he had for the idea of the TV at age 14. His story is stuctured well, and each page of text is framed nicely and coupled with beautiful oil painting renditions of Philo' life. The text is easy to read, and I believe this story will draw young people in, if nothing else, than for the fact that what they enjoy watching today spawned from the brain of this talented young inventor.
History/Social Studies Lesson Ex:) I would have the kids deduce whether or not the television was a worthwhile invention, and explain their reasons. We would look into a little more on the life of Philo....more
This story tells of the true story of two brothers growing up in the Henry Horner projects of Chicago over a two year periodGrades: 6th - 8th (and up)
This story tells of the true story of two brothers growing up in the Henry Horner projects of Chicago over a two year period. It is set in the Horner Homes public housing district of Chicago. Brothers Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers, along with their mother and siblings struggle to survive gun battles, gang influences, and over the top police officers to survive.
This is a text-centric book without pictures. The material is tailored more to an older set of kids, jr. high and high school age. The author does extremely well taking us on a journey with these young boys and their family as they stuggle to survive another day. Stirring and thought provoking, this book would make a quality discussion in-class read.
Social Studies/History Lesson Ex:) I would take a look at the history of the projects, as well as look at different social classes and how they are looked at today as compared to the 1970s. ...more
I enjoyed reading this book mainly because I was "transported" into a different world. I think young readers will benefit from receivGrades: 4th - 6th
I enjoyed reading this book mainly because I was "transported" into a different world. I think young readers will benefit from receiving a rich story following John Craighead George, an Artic whale scientist, and his adventures in the Artic. The photography is captivating, informing the reader of certain processes Craig and his team go through, as well as the scope of the environment and animals that surround them. The book also has a nice glossary and index, making things easy to find for readers. There are also web sources for readers to check out, which is a nice plus because with so much information given here, it would serve the reader well to look deeper.
Geography/Math Lesson Ex:) I would take the time to set the background before reading the story, specifically where the story takes place (the Artic). We would explore the Artic together, look at temp/climate, resources (food, protection, shelter, animals)...more
This story spins out of the San Francisco "Real World" season (3). It chronicles the friendship between Pedro and Judd, both former cGrades: 6th - 8th
This story spins out of the San Francisco "Real World" season (3). It chronicles the friendship between Pedro and Judd, both former castmates of the show. The story is extremely touching and well told. The material Judd explores is just mature enough that I would recommend the youngest a reader should check this out is around jr. high level/age. The artwork is cartoonish, following a graphic novel style, but serves the story well, because of the issues it touches on. The presentation serves to make the story more paletable, because of the heavier elements of the story. Judd uses negative space extremely well to highlight the more emotional parts of his story, and renders them very well that readers will "feel" the resonance of emotion come off the page. A nice addition to the classroom library.
History/Social Studies Lesson Ex:)I would devote a lesson to people that the class may/may not know that have dealt with the AIDS virus, and we would explore their stories....more
This story serves as a welcome introduction for young readers to Marian Anderson. The author does a fantastic job of picking out theGrades: 2nd - 4th
This story serves as a welcome introduction for young readers to Marian Anderson. The author does a fantastic job of picking out the highlights of this talented singer's historic career. The text is very easy to read, and weaved into the main story are snippets of Anderson's song lyrics, which stand out by way of italicized font. It is a nice way to bring her history and her music together. The artwork is intricately detailed and captures the time frame well. There is mainly earthier tones used throughout the book, with splashes of other colors used for two pages (which I believe is intentional) Marian's feelings are beautifully rendered from page to page, and young readers will be captivated by the level of detail in the artwork. This would make a welcome addition to the classroom library.
Fine Arts/History Lesson Ex:) I would play the kids some sample music of Anderson singing, and we would do a study and a performance of one of her songs. ...more
After reading Lowry's "The Giver," I was anxious to get into more books in this series. Where the setting of the former tale is in aGrades: 4th - 8th
After reading Lowry's "The Giver," I was anxious to get into more books in this series. Where the setting of the former tale is in a more technologically advanced future, this story takes place in a more primitive future. I grew attached to the main character, Kira, because she was very distinct, and readers will want to root for her as soon as they meet her. She is the "underdog" in the story, and readers will grow attached to her as the book progresses. The story is pretty easy to follow, and while there are no illustrations in the book, the content will keep kids interested and invested in the main character's heroics. This book would be a nice companion to use discussion questions for.
Language Arts/History Lesson Ex:) I think I could use some of the characters within this story and do a session on class systems, castes, societal positions and discuss the importance/relevance to people....more
There are a number of positives for this book to be used in the classroom. Although this book may appear lengthy, the presentation heGrades: 3rd - 7th
There are a number of positives for this book to be used in the classroom. Although this book may appear lengthy, the presentation here is the key. There is enough white space surrounding the easy on the eyes text that it does not look as intimidating to young readers, and the chapters themselves are about 2-3 pages in length. The story reads like a series of "episodes", and I think the story is so engrossing that children will not be so ready to put it down. Kathi Appelt crafts a very intriguing tale here; at first, I was slightly confused, but my confusion was immediately put to rest once I got my timeline for the story straight. Time plays a prominent role here, and there is much history invested here in the text. The characters are compelling, and the dilemmas the heroes of the story face are challenging. This book explores some dark territory, as the title implies, but there are plenty of lighter parts to the story, particularly with the kittens and Ranger and the calico cat's relationship. The art is drawn in a wispy, curved line style and is done in black and white. The book is not heavy laden in art, but when the pictures do appear, they will grab the reader's attention (especially the snake and alligator!) and enhance the story. This is a very compelling read that children will enjoy.
Geography/Biology Lesson Ex:) I would do a lesson on habitats, specifically the swamp/everglades, what lives there, what the climate is like, etc. ...more
This novel is told from the point of view of Kek, a young boy who comes alone to America from his home in Sudan, having lost his fathGrades: 4th - 8th
This novel is told from the point of view of Kek, a young boy who comes alone to America from his home in Sudan, having lost his father and brother, not knowing where his mother is, to live with his aunt and older cousin in Minnesota.
Katherine Applegate does an excellent job in telling of the struggles that this young man has to overcome in his new abode. She employs the use of verse for her book, and it makes for a very easy to follow talke. The verse is simple and powerful, told in first person, and young readers will feel as if they are actually in Kek's "shoes". The characters are wonderful and the story itself is moving. The central theme of a young boy’s struggles to adapt to life in a new country is an important topic. Kids need to understand this, with so many people from all over the world coming to America all the time. We come into contact with new immigrants all the time, and a better understanding of what they’re going through would be beneficial for anyone.
Geography/History Lesson Ex:) I would do an introductory lesson with the children on immigration, and where certain groups of people come from when they immigrate from their countries to America. ...more
This is a nice collection of short fables written by Aesop and reimagined artistically by Jerry Pinkney. The stories are between 1-2Grades: 2nd - 4th
This is a nice collection of short fables written by Aesop and reimagined artistically by Jerry Pinkney. The stories are between 1-2 pages in length, standard Times font, so they are easy to read. There is not a lot of variation in the text, but the tales are so short that the young readers will be able to get through several of them very quickly. The lessons are simple to understand, and the stories should not be above comprehension; yet, they would make for great discussion pieces. The artwork is very detailed and expressive. Pinkney uses a lot of color and expressions through his figures body postures and faces. His style is unique and beautiful, and should captivate the eyes as much as the text will captivate the minds. Overall, this is a solid collection of stories for reading aloud and class discussions.
Language Arts/Fine Arts Lesson Ex:) I would have the kids work on an art project where they would have to create original illustrations for a fable of their choosing out of the book or a fable they made up on their own....more
This would make a great book for a create your own story or interpretation for kids to participate in. This is a beautifully renderedGrades: 1st - 2nd
This would make a great book for a create your own story or interpretation for kids to participate in. This is a beautifully rendered retelling of Aesop's classic fable - all the elements of the story are there, and those that know the story will be able to follow right along. There are no words, save text that shows sound effects. The main focus is content, and the pictures speak volumes. There is a reason why Mr. Pinkney is as heralded as an illustrator as he is. Each picture is carefully detailed and expressive. Couple this with enthusiasm and a creative way to expand on this classic fable for the kids, and this should make for a great read a loud/discussion tool for the class.
Fine Arts/Language Arts Lesson Ex:) I would have the kids do a prediction exercise before I presented this book to them, and ask a series of questions about what they think will happen next or what is going on in the picture(s)?...more
This is nice retelling of another classic fable by B.G. Hennessy. The language he chooses is very modern, and the tone and expressionGrades: 1st - 2nd
This is nice retelling of another classic fable by B.G. Hennessy. The language he chooses is very modern, and the tone and expression of the "voice" for the boy is accentuated by the text. Hennessy uses a non-traditional font that is lively and easy on the eyes. He lays his text out in 4-5 sentence paragraphs per page. And he switches the text paths here and there, making it even more expressive and in turn the text stands out more dynamically on the page. The art is comical and colorful, and a nice blend of classic meets modern feel. Each page is painted and detailed well, and kids will definitely pick up on the expressiveness of this book.
Fine Arts/Language Arts Lesson Ex:) I would give a few groups of kids scripts and have them act out that part of the story, and give me an assessment afterwards of their interpretation. ...more
This is a nice retelling of a well-known fable by Jan Brett. The classic elements of the story are still here, so for those that grewGrades: 2nd - 3rd
This is a nice retelling of a well-known fable by Jan Brett. The classic elements of the story are still here, so for those that grew up and heard this tale will not be surprised. The text is easy to read and wonderfully framed by the pictures. However, Brett throws a couple of new wrinkles in the form of new characters in a cat and an owl, and there is a nice surprise ending to the tale as well. Kids will be engaged by the pacing of the story, and the theme of friendship and thankfulness are explored very well here. As far as the artwork goes, each page is wonderfully detailed and provides a nice "frame" for the text. Kids will appreciate the level of detail and colors provided for this story.
Fine Arts/Language Arts Lesson Ex:) I would ask the kids a warmup question to write down an answer to and discuss - if you could live anywhere, where would you live and why?...more
This is a well-put together guide of poetic forms. Paul Janeczko is a poet and a teacher, and both of those skills shine in this collGrades: 4th - 8th
This is a well-put together guide of poetic forms. Paul Janeczko is a poet and a teacher, and both of those skills shine in this collection. There are 29 forms that he introduces and gives an example for in this book. The use of white space surrounding the text is good, for it acts as a "frame" for the easy to read text to pop out. Each poetic form is given a nice summation on each page, and for kids that do not have an idea about writing poetry, this book would make for a great starter tool. In addition, Chris Raschka's artwork is phenomenal. He uses a combination of paper collages and paint to breathe more life into this collection. His work is very reminiscent of Steve Jenkins, and fans of Jenkins' books will see the similarities and be pleased with this presentation.
Math/Language Arts Lesson Ex:) I would take the kids through a series of counting exercises to determine meter and use that to define what kind of poem they are looking at....more
This poetry book is a hoot that will tickle any child's funny bone! Author Alan Katz really finds his "inner child" and has crafted aGrades: 1st - 3rd
This poetry book is a hoot that will tickle any child's funny bone! Author Alan Katz really finds his "inner child" and has crafted a plethora of poems that are silly and borderline absurd, but very relatable and kid friendly. His text is very easy to read, and he uses a variety of arrangements for his text from page to page. His imagination is wonderfully rendered by Edward Koren, who used to illustrate for the NY Times. His style is very "sketchy" using multiple strokes of pen to give the poems more life. The pictures are in black and white, but Koren has an eye for detail, and the b&w helps to accentuate the detail here, particularly for his style of drawing. This collection will make for some very enjoyable reading.
Fine Arts/Language Arts Lesson Ex:) I would challenge the kids to write a poem based on a funny experience that they had, and to illustrate it. ...more
This a new collection of poetry compiled by Christopher Stuart-Clark and Michael Harrison, who have teamed up to put together many otGrades: 1st - 3rd
This a new collection of poetry compiled by Christopher Stuart-Clark and Michael Harrison, who have teamed up to put together many other successful poetry anthologies. This one is no exception, and it serves as a nice companion piece to its predecessor, "The Oxford Treasury of Children's Poems." There will be something new and old contained here for everyone. The text appears to be standard Times, 12 point font, so it is easy to read. There is a vast array of poets represented here, from Lewis Carroll and Walter de la Maure to Ted Hughes. And every page is illustrated beautifully and uniquely. From watercolor to pencil, black and white to multi-colored, more cartoonish to more realistic, the art is captivating and kids will enjoy thumbing through page after page to see what their eyes will find next!
Math/Fine Arts Lesson Ex:) I would have the kids count the number of times a rhyme appears in their poem(s), as well as the number of lines, and together as a class we will find out the meter of the poem....more
I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. The poems total to 572, and they are in varying lengths and themes. This is the kind of bGrades: 1st - 3rd
I really enjoyed this collection of poetry. The poems total to 572, and they are in varying lengths and themes. This is the kind of book that both young and old can enjoy. There is something here for everyone. The younger audience will appreciate it for the language and imagery the text evokes. Older audiences will enjoy the inclusion of some more "classical" works. Arnold Lobel does not provide illustrations for every single poem in this book; however, the poems he does illustrate for are elegantly rendered, multi-colored with cross hatching that is very easy on the eyes. This would make a nice starter collection of poetry for children.
Language Arts/Fine Arts Lesson Ex:) I would have the kids pick out a poem for a mini presentation to do in class: reading the poem aloud, telling the class why they picked the poem and if it's a poem that they would pass along to their friends....more
I did not read this book until after I saw the movie, and for those that saw the movie but did not read the book, I would encourage yGrades: 4th - 8th
I did not read this book until after I saw the movie, and for those that saw the movie but did not read the book, I would encourage you to check out the book! I enjoyed the movie, but after reading the book, I found that enjoyed the story a lot more. The text of this version is your standard Times, probably 12 point font, and there are a few illustrations of what Stanley finds in the holes, but the story is told with predominantly text. However, kids should not be intimidated by the amount of text here - those that are familiar and unfamiliar with the story will be drawn in to the tale, and the chapters are not very long at all. Actually, the amount of white space on the pages should help to eliminate the "fear" of reading a text heavy story. Sachar gives every characer a specific "voice" in the story, and uses descriptive terms to identify the uniqueness of each character in the story. Readers will probably identify with and relate to a specific character here, and themes of family, friendship, courage and trust are explored throughout the book. Overall, this is an engaging read that kids should enjoy.
Fine Arts/History Lesson Ex.) I would have the kids pick out one of the characters in the story, and have them draw what they think the character looks like, using clues from the reading. I would incorporate a comparison study using the "Holes" movie, and talk about any similarities/differences of the book version from the movie version....more
The "Choose Your Own Adventure" series was around when I was a child, and I remember the appeal of starting a story and not knowing hGrades: 4th - 8th
The "Choose Your Own Adventure" series was around when I was a child, and I remember the appeal of starting a story and not knowing how it will end until you made your choice and flipped to the next page to find out what happened. I never was tired of reading the books over and over again because of the variety of choices, and once I exhausted the book, I went to the next one in the series. Such is the appeal that I think young readers will find with this series of paperback books. This story focuses on a pair of kids who travel to Nepal in search of the infamous Yeti. From the very beginning, the reader will be treated to very easy to read text and italicized directions on the bottom of the pages giving directions as to what to do next. The illustrations are in black and white and very detailed, and do well to connect back to the story. However, I feel the true focus and what makes this series work is the story itself, and ultimately it seems to give the reader a greater sense of empowerment knowing that he or she will determine how the story ends. It's a very neat idea, and for the series to have been around for as long as it has is a testament to that quality concept.
Fine Arts/Language Arts Lesson Ex.) I will have the kids create a mini-choose your own adventure book, with pictures and clues on the pages to guide the readers along the way. When they finish, I'll have them swap books so they can take turns going through their classmate's adventure....more
This story combines a number of elements that I really enjoyed as I was reading through it. The importance of family is a theme thatGrades: 3rd - 8th
This story combines a number of elements that I really enjoyed as I was reading through it. The importance of family is a theme that is explored from the beginning to the end of this book, which I really liked and hopefully kids will really delve into and see the importance of having family in their lives. The story builds around several themes stemming from the main one of family: knowing who you are, what your gifting is, and how critical spending time with your family should be to you. At its core, this is a story about a special relationship the main character Skate (Sarah) has to her GUM (Great Uncle Mort). A tragic event causes Skate's family to take a trip to learn more about the history of Plymouth, and Skate learns more about herself in the process. Daniziger wisely includes 32 pages of illustrations at the end of the story in a "scrap book format". I do not want to give too much away with the art, because it essentially ties into the main elements of the story, and does a nice job of giving us faces to the characters. The text is easy to follow along, and almost reads like a sentence outline down the page (I think the longest paragraph in the book is 5 sentences long) Very good reading overall.
History/Fine Arts Lesson Ex:) I would have the students work on a collaborative scrapbook project, using a combination of photos, internet pictures, and drawings to tell a story of their favorite family memory....more
As a kid that grew up doing a lot of illustrating, because I love art, this book holds a certain appeal for me. It reads like a basicGrades: 2nd - 3rd
As a kid that grew up doing a lot of illustrating, because I love art, this book holds a certain appeal for me. It reads like a basic comic strip would, with the text inside of word boxes, bubbles, and thought balloons, and is placed both inside these parameters as well as onto the surrounding white space. The fonts are pretty easy to read and the story itself should be relatable and easy to understand. I think kids will enjoy reading about the exploits of Babymouse, since much of the story takes place in her thoughts, because many kids are day dreamers and can relate to "mini-movies" going on inside of their heads! The artwork is as inventive and creative as the story. Panels are arranged in a variety of ways on the page: diagonally, some covering the full page, others covering 3/4 worth of page, and others running across the page via newspaper strip style. The color pallette is limited to pink and black, but the art is so dynamic that additional colors would probably make it seem "too busy!" I was about halfway into the book when I made a comparison to "Maus", but I think it fits: if "Maus" is the movie equilavent of "Citizen Kane," then "Babymouse" is on the level of "Willy Wonka" This is a creative and (absurdly!) enjoyable read.
Fine Arts/Language Arts Lesson Ex:) I would have the kids draw their version of a dream they'd really like to come true in comic strip form, and we'd share and put toghether a "book" of their strips....more
I particularly enjoyed this book for a few reasons. Primarily, this story is a historical tale, and Blackaby does a terrific job of uGrades: 2nd - 3rd
I particularly enjoyed this book for a few reasons. Primarily, this story is a historical tale, and Blackaby does a terrific job of using her text and connecting it to events of, specifically for this story, Ostia, Rome. The text is easy to read and understand, and new readers will not be bogged down with a ton of historical information to detract them from finishing the story. The action features around two children, so there will be a sense of relatability for kids to be drawn to here. Also, the paragraphs are pretty consistent at 3 - 4 sentences each, which should help the readers follow along with the story. The illustrations are in black and white, but strongly detailed, so in a way it compensates for no color here. Also, the pictures really seem to pop with an almost "glossy" or "embossed" feel to them, which lends itself to aiding the reader to follow along with the story - it "looks good!" Finally, I enjoyed the layout of the book. There is a Words to Know section, and underneath a Roman Numerals section following the Table of Contents, so readers are essentially given a guide to assist them as they go through the story and come across these words and elements. The Afterword is also very informational, giving the kids more of a context about setting and time period where the story takes place. Overall, this book has all of the elements of a great instructional tool for young readers!
History/Social Studies Lesson Ex.) I would have the kids work on a map assignment. I would have them draw a map of Italy, for instance, and have them place specific pictures to mark landmarks or cities located in Italy....more
This is a classic tale of mother to sibling relationship, and makes for a quality read a loud to beginning readers. Each of theGrades: 1st - Early 2nd
This is a classic tale of mother to sibling relationship, and makes for a quality read a loud to beginning readers. Each of the characters in the story are enjoyable, and the tale itself is very easy to follow along for a few reasons. First, the text is bold and easy to see. Second, there is a rhythm and pacing to the story which makes it easy for listeners to keep track of the action. Thirdly, there is plenty of repetition in the story, so listeners will not be quick to forget what the little bird is trying to find, or whom he meets along the way! In addition to an enjoyable story, the artwork is also very nice on the eyes. P.D. Eastman uses a three color scheme (red, yellow, and brown)which hearkens to the "Frog and Toad" series - simple, with the action and expressions coming through the artwork very well. I would recommend this story as a good first reader to add to your collection
Science/Math Ex. Lesson) I would go into a very simple science lesson over different kinds of animals, and what animal produces what kind - for example, what does a Mommy Dog make? Answer - A puppy, and so forth.
This was an entertaining book in Willems' series of Elephant & Piggie titles! Children will enjoy the easy to follow story centering onK-1st grade
This was an entertaining book in Willems' series of Elephant & Piggie titles! Children will enjoy the easy to follow story centering on Elephant and Piggie's exchange over dancing. It is very humorous and serves as a way for the reader(s) to actively participate/mimic the action in the story. The text was strategically placed in word balloons, being that this is essentially one long conversational piece. The result is that it also LOOKS conversational. I also liked the added touch of different colors applied to the character's word balloons, further underscoring the differences in who is speaking. The artwork depicts expression and action effectively, and kids will be drawn to both the flow of the story and the actions taken by the main characters. A fun read aloud for kids to enjoy!
Fine Arts/Phys. Ed Lesson Ex: I would totally use the material given to me here, and have the kids participate in a dance-a-long with me as their instructor! I would incorporate different gestures and movements like the story indicated, then go into free-form and have the kids make up their create their own dances!
Lowry gives readers a compelling and thought provoking story of a world where everything isn't what it seems. There is clearly mor5th/6th grades on up
Lowry gives readers a compelling and thought provoking story of a world where everything isn't what it seems. There is clearly more text here page to page, and the type is a bit smaller, but that should not stop young readers from going through the story pretty quickly. The content is very engrossing, and this would serve as quality independent reading material. The story itself reveals more and more layers from chapter to chapter, and although this is a fictional story, it contains a level of realism that will hit home with a number of students. This story would be an excellent one to use in the classroom, for reading and discussion.
History/Language Arts Lesson Ex: I would have the students think about their vision of a "perfect world" and have them write about it. Then, I'd have them break up into groups and share with others their ideas. At the end, I'd have each student give me a component(s) that would comprise to be their perfect society, and explain to me their reasons why/why not....more
This story is very family-centric, and includes many themes and vignettes that kids can relate to in some manner. I enjoyed Curti5th/6th grades and up
This story is very family-centric, and includes many themes and vignettes that kids can relate to in some manner. I enjoyed Curtis' use of dialogue and perspective. Using Kenny as the narrative figure is unique and a wonderful hook for kid's to latch onto in reading this book. The idea that a kid their age is telling his perspective of all that is happening around him should prove fascinating to young readers. There is definitely more text on the page, with no illustrations, but content here is what's important. The flow and action of the story falls upon the Watson family and their (mis)adventures, encapsulating in a trip to see Grandma Sands in Birmingham, AL. Themes focusing on family, love, and protection are littered throughout, culminating towards the end of the story when brother must protect brother (I won't give away any names!) I was hooked on the "language" Curtis offered within his book, and was totally drawn to the Watson family as a unit, as I would imagine many children will be as well.
Geography/History Lesson Ex.) I would have the kids draw a map to a favorite destination. He/she could have been there, or plan to go there. Afterwards, we'll have a discussion about those places and why the kids chose them....more
Bauer provides children with topics that will no doubt provoke them toward extensive classroom discussions. What is5th/6th grades on up (ind. reading)
Bauer provides children with topics that will no doubt provoke them toward extensive classroom discussions. What is laid on the line are the themes of honor, trust, and consequences of people's actions. This is a solid book to introduce into the classroom. It will expand on the children's vocabulary, is easy to follow along, and the story itself should pull in the reader's attention. Along the way, there is plenty to discuss, and such a story will probe the child's mind and heart to dig deep and find circumstances from his/her own lives to draw from. This story will challenge the students on multiple levels (intellectually, morally, emotionally, spiritually) and is a solid addition to the classroom library.
Language Arts/Fine Arts Lesson Ex: I would have a set of students "act out" a scene from the book, and have them show me what they would do in certain situations from the story and explain why they chose to do that....more
I enjoyed reading this book for two reasons: Funny story and funnier illustrations! The author uses text here in a larger amount, but tGrades: 1st-2nd
I enjoyed reading this book for two reasons: Funny story and funnier illustrations! The author uses text here in a larger amount, but the font size is easy for the eyes, and the groupings of sentences are primarily in threes (per page), so it doesn't appear too intimidating for kids to pick up and read. The text fills up about 3/4 of the white space, and also there are different fonts used to give the text more "life" to it when necessary, particularly for sound effects. The illustrations are clean and colorful, and almost have a "glossy" look to them, allowing the art to pop off the page with each turn. DiCamillo references Mercy's favorite food being butter and toast. For me, as I was going through the illustrations, there was almost a "buttery slickness" to them - very unique in style, yet bold and specific....more
This book is a perfect example of taking a theme and creating stories surrounding that theme in a variety of ways that wilGrades: Pre-K (advanced)-1st
This book is a perfect example of taking a theme and creating stories surrounding that theme in a variety of ways that will appeal to younger children just learning to read. Lobel's Frog and Toad series are classic books designed to teach children about the value of friendship. The text is easy to follow, lends a "voice" to both characters, and contains repetition so that young readers should not get lost following along or reading the story. The illustrations follow the content in simplicity, focusing mainly on the central characters. The colors are muted, and although there is no real departure from the greens and browns, I think for the purposes of this series this was a sylistic choice by Lobel. The cross-hatching is used to give the pictures more texture and add a depth of "classicism" to each illustration. Grade A reading and artwork.
Science/Math Lesson Ex: I would incorporate science to explain to and do a study with the kids the differences/similarities between frogs and toads....more