Boy + Bot

February 25, 2018

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino,  is a delightful tale of friendship. These two become friends despite their differences. They engage in fun activities, have compassion for each other, and work out problems. The tone of the book invites readers to think about characteristics of a friend, how to overlook differences, and possibly try something new. For some extension activities, visit RIF.

To hear the entire book, view on the YouTube link.

Savorings for Boy + Bot:

  • Synonyms
  • Varied sentence length
  • Sequence of events
  • Past tense verbs – /ed/
  • Parallel structure
  • Comparison – man vs. machine
  • Wonderings – Was the boy imagining a friendship with his toy robot? Notice the illustrated toys in his bedroom.
  • Friendship
  • Compassion

Animals at this Moment

October 10, 2011

Jim Arnosky invites his readers to imagine what animals are doing around the world in his book, At this Very Moment. On back en papers, Jim shares with the reader some of his thoughts on the featured animals. His love for nature resonates. He explains where each animal is located in the wild from his observations.

Whenever I think of them [animals], I am transported momentarily to their part of the world. And I  become aware again that my life is happening simultaneously to theirs.”

Jim invites readers to imagine what animals are doing throughout the day. His text has a gentle rhyme that creates daydreams. His illustrations illuminate the beautiful surroundings and brings you near o them as they stare at you from their habitat. The text is simple enough for young children to understand and leave with an appreciation for wildlife. Older students will reflect on his word choice and learn new facts.

Savorings for reading and in writing for At this Very Moment:

  • Magic of 3
  • Visualization – “pretend you’re hearing lions
  • Repeating Line – “all at this very moment
  • Compare/Contrast – animals doing an activity in two parts of the world
  • Parallel Structure – what an animal is doing at the same time we are doing something

The Dog who Belonged to No One

September 9, 2009

Amy Hestuses a parallel structure as she interweaves two stories into one.  The Dog Who Belonged to No One has two main characters:  a dog and Lia.  A small, stray dog lives his days exploring, looking for a friend.  Lia, a young, dreaming daughter,  also is alone.  Her parents are bakers, and she delivers their good all over town.  As she rides her bike, she made up stories to keep her company. 

To make herself feel less alone, she thought up stories as she pedaled.  The stories were like friends on her long ride to town.”

The Dog Who Belonged to No OneNotice Amy Bates sets the story during the early 1900’s:  the character dress and building structure.  The parallel scenes are often set side by side in a two-page layout.  As the reader, I found it interesting to be wondering and predicting about both characters – at the same time.  An excellent compare and contrast setting to use in discussion.

This book will grab the attention of both younger and older children in regards to the characters and turning point.  Amy Hest’s reference phrases from one part of the story into other scenes.  A very rich text!

Savorings for reading and in writing for A Dog Who Belonged to No One:

  • Character Lead – “Once there was a small dog with crooked ears.  He belonged to no one.”  “And once there was a wisp of a girl named Lia.”
  • parallel stories and structure – “He shook.  He shivered.  He dripped.  When the wind blew, his crooked ears blew.  She shook She shivered.  She dripped.  When the wind blew, her hair blew too.”
  • Inferencing
  • Ending – “and they belonged to each other…all through the changing season.”

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