I love this book! It is written in a humerous, non-didactic way. I am going to use this book at the beginning of the year.
Culture: Lists of ways to say different things in different languages
(like "Thank You" and "Excuse Me")
Ideas: Create own manner book as a class
How authors get ideas: One theme
Could there be any better pet than a puppy? One young girl is about to find out. From beloved author Dave Keane and acclaimed illustrator K.G. Campbell, a laugh-out-loud story of unexpected friendship!
When the spunky, loveable narrator receives a tortoise for her birthday, instead of the cuddly puppy she’s longed for her entire life, she’s more than a little disappointed. But while her new lump of a pet isn’t what she dreamed of, it doesn’t take long—between tortoise-on-skateboard walks, sparkly shell makeovers, and a lemonade stand selling chances to hold a real life tortoise—for the little girl to change her mind—sort of. But when her pet goes missing, all she wants is to be reunited with her new best friend.
From Amazon: A child dreams of flowers, flowers dream of butterflies, and butterflies dream as well in a serene, rhythmic bedtime story that circles back to a satisfying ending.
Child, tell me, of what do you dream?
I dream of a flower in a sweet green meadow.
Flower, tell me, of what do you dream?
I dream of a butterfly with petal-soft wings. .
What a touching story this is. The plot line is intriguing and students can learn a bit about Hanukkah, too. A boy is going to America and after a crash, finds himself alone on an iceberg. A bear comes and their relationship develops. This book talks about miracles and has a great surprise ending.
Themes: sacrifice, positivity, friendship, and courage
I love this book! The illustrations are intriguing and the plot line is one I am sure my students can enjoy and relate to. The surprise twist at the end makes it even more appealing. (The parents fall asleep and the boy can keep doing whatever he wants.) Every child's dream!
Phonics and Word Play: Rhyming words
Ideas for writing: What would you do to stall to keep from going to bed? What would you do if your parents fell asleep?
Jill A. Hostetler
I love books so much! My particular loves are children's books and professional books that catch my fancy. One thing that keeps me happy and sane as a teacher is being able to get tons of books from the library and share them with my students. I have tried different ways to keep track of my books, but here's another attempt. We'll se if I can make this one fly!