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:
- 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.
February 10, 2018
Steven Jenkins and Robin Page collaborate to peak your interest. They share the most interesting facts about ordinary and unique creatures. In Flying Frogs and Walking Fish, the focus is on the animation of the animals.
The sections are divided by questions about the animal featured. For example, A Walking Octopus? sheds light beyond the understood eight legs. “They use two of them to walk on the sea floor.”
Other animals are then featured on a two-page spread highlighting their unique ways to walk (Marching, strolling, tiptoeing...). Additional facts are shared in the back of the book.
To learn more about the making of this book, go to stevejenkinsbooks.com/flyingfrogs. Have fun learning new synonyms and interesting facts!
Savorings for Flying Frogs and Walking Fish:
- Compare/ Contrast
- Questions as SubTitles
- Synonyms – whirling, tumbling, somersaulting
- Fun Facts