Collection of African and Jewish folktalkes for children. Lester, as a Jewish African American, makes the decision to omit parts of the folktale thatCollection of African and Jewish folktalkes for children. Lester, as a Jewish African American, makes the decision to omit parts of the folktale that are specific to the African or Jewish culture, and make the tales more universal in their message. Each story is a short read, making it easy to read the book in one sitting or to put it down and pick it back up.
This is a book that I would add to my home collection and is something that I would to add to my classroom library for elementary students. This collection could be used to teach students about folktalkes, or would make a nice read aloud....more
So, first time I read this book is was to my two year daughter... And to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had read great revSo, first time I read this book is was to my two year daughter... And to be honest, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had read great reviews about this book, and it seemed age appropriate for her; needless to say I was quite surprised. I began reading the first two pages, and I had to immediately make up my own story using the pictures. I didn't finish the book with her... we'll have to try again in a few years. Reading this book as an adult, I found it quite hilarious!
Where the Wild There Are won the Caledcott Medal for the Best Picture Book- and rightfully so. Sendak does a beautiful job ilustrating with water pastel colors and pencil sketching for the wild things. The illustrations were the highlights of this book.
Max's reaction to going to bed without dinner is imagining this mystical fantasy world in his room, to escape the harsh punsishment of his mother, Max seeks out an alternative world that will treat him better and love him more than his mother does. Max hops in a boat and sails to the Land of Wild Things. Once there, Max experiences monsters who are half human and half animal= monster. In the middle of the book, there are three pages of illustrations of Max in his wolf suit and However, once Max realizes that this is not the case, he returns to his mother. There is another spread of illustrations in the book of the 'wild things' having a party! The are is amazing!
I think would be a great book to use for multi-curricular purposes. This books could used to teach children about imagaination, art, geography, and possibly even drama/theatre. ...more
Orange Pear Apple Bear is a cute story using only five words; including the four from the title. Emily Gravett does an amazing job, as usual, illustraOrange Pear Apple Bear is a cute story using only five words; including the four from the title. Emily Gravett does an amazing job, as usual, illustrating the soft cuddly bear who changes colors, shapes and colors as he balances and juggles an orange, pear and apple- which he eventually eats. The end papers of this book resemble an orange peel, and a pear and apple core- demonsrating the bear ate the fruit. Gravett is brillant in maximizing the humor of the word play by skillfully placing page layouts close together. Orange Pear Apple Bear is ideal for pre-readers, pre-kindergarten to first grade. This book also serves as an example to students that books aren't always complicated, with alot of words. Yet, books can be short, funny, and fun!...more
The most complicated and art worthy picture book I have ever read! This book is amazing. Told in the format of a calender, Emily Gravett's illustratioThe most complicated and art worthy picture book I have ever read! This book is amazing. Told in the format of a calender, Emily Gravett's illustrations is what steals the show here. Using the Fibonacci old age question as her muse, Gravett creatively creates a book presenting and answer the question: If a pair of baby rabbits are put into a field how many rabbits will be there at the end of each month, and at the end of the year?
Lonely Rabbit and Chalk Rabbit learn a lesson of survival as they deal with the elements of the weather, while trying to answer the question. The two rabbits deal with heat, snow, rain, overpopulation, fatigue and hunger throughout the year. This book is creative, in that it is thought provoking for children and adults alike. The story is told through writings marked on the month of each calender page, and thier attachments- invitations, flyers, recipe book, news paper, etc... Although the reader follows along with the busy higly detailed art work, he/she is definetly in for a surprise at the end!
A must have for any child's or primary grade classroom library, but the content and vocabulary is geared toward older children- upper elementary and middle school. This book could used in a math class- which the book is not really about, or in a English classs to teach about different modes of writing. One could even use this book to teach the seasons to younger children....more
This preschool to kindergarden book is a cute little story about a wide range of birds who find or lay an egg. All these birds are so happy with theirThis preschool to kindergarden book is a cute little story about a wide range of birds who find or lay an egg. All these birds are so happy with their eggs, except for the duck- who doesn't have a egg. The duck then finds a large beautiful egg! All the other birds laugh. The egg is large with green spots. The other birds eggs hatch, except for the duck. Finally, when his egg hatches everyone is in for a surprise. The egg opens and out comes an alligator, who scares all the other birds away. The alligator than acts like a duck.
Emily Gravett is an amazing author and illustrator. Her pictures are so detailed and clever. The narrow pages gradually increase in size to show all of the other eggs hatching. This is a great picture book to use as a read aloud. This book could be used when discussing using kinds words with children and the feeling of being left out. ...more