Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport
A boy is moving with his family from the East (which looks like New York City) out West. At first the boy is in denial about moving. He starts listing his worries and sharing his vision for what life will be like out West. (Much of w ...more
This is a book I remember seeing on Reading Rainbow ages ago, and loving when I was a kid, though I didn't remember a lot of the story. It does hold up for re-reading and I think the fears e...more
Reading Level: Ages 3 to up
Lexile Reading Level: AD560L
Delicately illustrated to catch young audience's attention. Perfect to create cultural awareness (within national cultures and to reduce anxiety when moving to a new place. Easy and fun wording, understandable even by the youngest kids. ...more
Good message about forming an opinion based on inaccurate information.
Read aloud, it never fails to provoke giggles and smiles: Out West it takes fifteen minutes just to say hello. Like this: H-O-W-W-W-D-Y, P-A-A-A-R-D-N-E-R. But the humor is in the service of the book's enduring message, one of value to all readers, whether or not big moves are on the horizon. Sharmat nails the voice of her narrator, and Barton's illustrations play well with the text. ...more
At the begining of my reading, this book made me feel uncomfortable because it ...more
Summary: A New York City boy's preconceived ideas of life in the West make him apprehensive about the family's move there.
Applications/Uses: Exploring the differences between city and desert life, the animals found in those different areas, and what is the difference between expectations and what will really be in a different part of the world, it could also just be a good story to have if a student moves into or out of your classroom (town) to read to kno ...more
This book would be good for educators to use when introducing a Flat Stanley or pen-pal unit to late Elementary students. They could predict what they believe ...more
The narrative is fairly short and the illustrations are humorous and cartoonish. We enjoyed reading this book together. ...more