August 27, 2011
Ivan the Terrier is a unique mix of story within a story. The narrator, Peter Catalanotte, is reading a fairy tale to the reader when all of a sudden, Ivan interrupts the script. His barking startles the story characters while the narrator is trying to control his dog.
You students will have fun predicting what mischief will happen next. Ivan is full of energy, running from one scene to the next. The text is hilarious.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Ivan the Terrier:
- Font Manipulation – creates the sounds of the dog
- Voice – “My word. I’ve never seen anything like this,”
- Surprise Ending
August 23, 2011
School has begun. The first day of school I spent some time helping in a kindergarten class. The students were putting their supplies and beginning a coloring paper at the table. One little boy kept getting out of his seat and walking around. On Back to School Night, he had introduced himself to his teacher. “I Dominick. I 5. I run” and proceeded to run around the class.
After thirty minutes into class, the teacher had the children on the carpet, reading a story. Little Dom got up, tapped his teacher on the shoulder, and pronounced, “I done. You take me home now.”
I stifled a laugh.
After sharing the story with my senior son, he said, “He’s got a loooong educational career ahead of him.”
August 22, 2011
The Bookshop Dog intrigues me. I found the book at a used bookstore. It’s not new (copyright 1996), but new to me. Cynthia Rylant is not only the author but also the illustrator. As I read the book, I kept wondering where she got the idea for the book. A dog-lover will relate to this book.
A young lady takes her dog everywhere, even to work. She owned a bookstore and name it after her dog, Martha Jane’s bookshop. Her customers loved the dog and business was flourishing.
A dilemma arises when the lady has to go to the hospital. Several customers wanted to keep Martha. It was Martha who chose her handler – one man who visited the bookshop weekly. I think this book is a great example of how a decision creates the problem in the story.
Savorings for reading and in writing for The Bookshop Dog:
- Play on words
- Magic of 3 – postman, policeman, band director
- Problem/ Solution
- Character traits
August 19, 2011
Marni McGee theme in Winston the Book Wolf is the love of reading. Winston the Wolf feeds on words. He loved eating books. When banned from the library, Rosie(with a familiar looking red-hooded sweatshirt) came to his rescue. She asks why he eats books.
“Words are so delicious!”
Ian Beck interweaves characters from familiar fairy tale stories – the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood – throughout the setting. Winston transforms into Granny, the Story Lady, who reads at the library. What a great way to start the school year, inviting kids into the world of reading.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Winston the Book Wolf:
- Spin on a familiar story
- Problem/ Solution
- Character emotion
- Magic of 3
August 17, 2011
Dirk Yeller is a cowboy with itches in his britches! People are nervous around him. When Dirk asks for help, no one seems to have the solution … except for Sam. Sam is curious and begins following Dirk everywhere. He seems to understand Dirk’s energy and shows him to his quiet place – the library.
The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town by Mary Casanova shares the importance of the library and how reading can capture a variety of interests. Ard Hoyt adds more to the story on the end papers. In the front, you will see the wanted poster, including Dirk’s profile. In back, the newspaper announces Dirk and the librarian wed. What a change reading had on this character!
“And ever since, the library has become the busiest place in town, especially for folks curious, restless minds – like Dirk Yeller and me.”
Savorings for reading and in writing for The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town:
- Magic of 3
- Similes – “sweet as pecan pie“
- Apostrophe – ‘cuz, shootin’
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