April 7, 2018
Fun. Creative. Interactive. Viviane Schwarz engages her readers by interacting with the characters in Is There a Dog in This Book? I just love how the characters chit-chat with you: “Oh, hello! You opened our book!” Andre’ sniffs and wonders if someone else is in their book. The hide-and-seek game begins between the cats and the dog. The reader engages in the hunt by lifting flaps in the book, seeking and adding to the story.
Author/ illustrator, Viviane Schwarz, shares her story about writing books in this 8-minute video. I love how she wants to inspire children to draw and write, creating their own books.
On this YouTube clip, the author reads her story to you. I think the kids will enjoy hearing her read this delightful tale. View her blog for more behind the scenes tidbits of her work. You will be introduced to other books by Viviane Schwarz.
Savorings for Is There a Dog in This Book?
- Second Person Narrative – interaction with the characters
- Power of 3
- Speech bubbles
- Character Description / change
- Everyday Happening – children can relate to the topic; create stories using their pets
- Setting – helps young children see the importance of the setting
April 3, 2018
Don’t judge a book by its cover. I was surprised with the number of craft moves in this book, Hogwash by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jim McMullan. Filled with rhyme and a humorous story line, your students will laugh at the banter between the farmer and the hogs. Specific vocabulary is used such as Suey, Suey spic ‘n’ span, cleaning duds.
In regards to a mentor text, I noted several words were contractions: here’s, let’s, weren’t, that’s, etc. Most pages have four lines, so my eyes caught the past tense verbs. I began to write a few down and my list grew to over 30. When teaching the -ed sound, this book would aide. Let the kids find and categorize the ending sounds. It will make for a fun lesson and one that will most likely connect with them.
Savorings for Hogwash:
- One day
- Turning Point – “Everything went dandy … until”
- Character change
- Specific Vocabulary
- Past Tense Verbs
- Compare this text with Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin.
March 1, 2018
Karen Kaufman Orloff captures the voice of a child begging to change his circumstances. Kids are the best at persuasion. They insist. They give reasons. And they insist some more.
In I Wanna Go Home, Alex isn’t not thrilled with going to his grandparents instead of staying with a friend. His view point is limited. David Catrow captures the many faces of Alex as his perspective changes. The reader learns of his pleas to his findings to his adventures through letters (a delightful writing habit that many kids may not even recognize.)
Karen Kaufman Orloff has created a website with activities linked to her I Wanna books. Clink on the link here to see ways to use this text for persuasive writing.
Enjoy hearing from Karen in this 2 min video. (Read an interview with Karen about writing this book.)
Savorings for I Wanna Go Home:
- Letter writing/ emails/ correspondance
- Dedication – the grandparents’ names in the dedication are the same in the book
- Childhood encounters – false teeth, hearing aides
- Parent vs. child perspective
- Different meanings – “Did you know that when you go square dancing you actually spin in circles?”
- Generation Connections
- Descriptions before his name – Swam Boy Alex
February 28, 2018
Todd Tarpley reverses the roles of a boy as he parents his robots. Time for bed, the boy tries to usher the bots to bed. Each time they snuggle down, one of they needs to do something. How long does it take them to get to sleep? Kids can have fun writing their own go-to-sleep books. I love the little mouse that pops up on each page. Read the author’s note in the back. Cute!
Mr. Pieri from the Elkhart Public library reads the book to you in this 3:23 minute video.
Savorings for Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep!:
- Everyday happening – getting ready for bed
- Reverse roles
- Speech bubbles
- Repeating line/ structure
- ing verbs
- Love of Reading
- Technical terms – infared
February 22, 2018
Remember the telephone game? One person whispers to another, who shares it with someone else until it circles back to the owner. The final message is never like the beginning statement. Although you laugh at the ridiculous outcome, it’s not a laughing matter when rumors are spread about you.
In this story’s documentary, a friend’s compliment gets twisted into something hurtful. What James Said provides the opportunity for discussion regarding peaceful resolutions. And, who do you believe – a friend or a stranger? Watch this preview as a class and predict if they will become friends.
The read the book or view the story on YouTube.
Savorings for What James Said:
- Grabber lead
- Character traits
- Varied sentences
- Transitions in a day
- Conflict between friends
- Restorative practice
(PES library book)