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One Green Apple

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

 

A. One Green Apple

B. Bunting, Eve

C. Lewin, Ted

D. Clarion Books 2006

E. Multicultural

F. K-3

G. This book is about a young girl who seems to be from the Middle East and she is new to her class. They are on a field trip going to an Apple farm and Farah doesn’t seem to know any words in English. The book shows the language barrier pretty in depth, but at a level a kid would be able to understand and also about the differences we all have from eachother. The differences are shown how Farah picks a different colored apple and how that green apple gets mixed into the apple cider the whole class makes, and also how because the apple is different, the apple cider has a special taste. It also shows how she is honestly trying to learn English so she can become mixed with the people in her new country and make friends.

H. I like this book quite a bit, I think it is really interesting how the author merged physical differences with the aspect of the middle east. This is one of the first I’ve actually seen where it is like this. I also liked where they said that her apple made a difference and that apple kind of represented her as a person, because she brought a uniqueness to their class just as her apple brought a uniqueness to the apple cider that the whole class made together. I also liked how the book showed the other kids were accepting of her because then this shows other kids in our classrooms to be this accepting of kids with different ethnicities. I can honestly say that this book reminds me of no other and that is one thing I definitely love about it because I’ve never seen anything like it. I also love how each picture is a “sun-drenched” painting and how so much time and care was put into a story like this that represents so much.

I. This book ofcourse can bring alot of topics dealing with diversity to the classroom. It can lead to the study of foreign countries across the globe and it can also bring the discussion of field trips to the table because this seems like a fun field trip I think kids of a young age would like to go to be able to relate to this story as well. Field trips to farms for kids at young ages like first or second grade are common so they can see different types of animals and where we as consumers actually get most of our food. I lastly think it would be important to talk about qualities that make each of us different from eachother whether it be skin color, ethnicity, religion, height, body shape or even just the different interests and ways that kids can try to meet eachother through commonalities like that.

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The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

 

A. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

B. Willems, Mo

C. Willems, Mo

D. Scholastic INC. 2005

E. Comic/Picture Book

F. K-3

G. This book is about a big bird finding a hot dog on a street and how much this bird loves hotdogs. A little chick comes along and asks him what is a hot dog, what it tastes like, and everything else possible to ask about a hot dog. The bigger bird tries to describe it but realizes that the chick is trying to con him out of his hot dog that he found. The chick then becomes even more curious and asks if it tastes like chicken and this really ticks the big bird off and so he gets really confused on what he is to do, so he is stuck with a moral dilemma. He finally shares the hot dog with the chick and it seems as though the chick knew what a hot dog tasted like all along because he says “this needs mustard”.

H. I think this is such a great book to teach kids about sharing and how important it is, because it also relates back to the moral treat others the way you want to be treated. The comic book way its presented also makes it really appealing to kids because it is so cartoon-like. I also like how the bigger bird has the hot dog and shares with the chick because that shows little kids the idea of a good role model and how they can look up to their elders. This book for some reason immediately reminded me of The Rainbow Fish because thats the only sharing book that completely stuck with me when I was younger. I think this book is most appropriate for the youngest of the young kids because its so simple a 3rd grader would probably be a little bored with it however it does show such a great message.

I. This can bring alot of fun teaching ideas to the classroom which mostly come to the idea of sharing. Kids can act out different scenes with the rights and wrongs to sharing and then different kids can tell which scene was the right way to share and which one was the wrong way. Another idea that is kind of corny, but the kids can make their own picture or cartoon of this same idea but in their own way. They can have some picture, story, cartoon showing the idea of sharing and the moral of the story in their own words. This book is pretty basic and self explanatory, but one last thing, is that the teacher could ask the kids how they feel after having read this book and have the kids place themselves of either the big bird or the chick and figure how they would feel if they were in either position.

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Martin’s BIG Words

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

A. Martin’s BIG Words

B. Rappaport, Doreen

C. Collier, Bryan

D. Scholastic INC. 2001

E. Historical Fiction & Multicultural

F. K-5

G. This picture book is all about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and all of the great things he did for our country. This book also mentions alot of other historical events that occured during the time of segregation like Rosa Parks and city buses, Ghandi and freedom for India and also all of the harsh conditions that blacks went through during the time of segregation (jail, being beaten, murdered, bombed, many many more). It shows how Dr. King used the words of love rather than fighting, he fought this war with love and not fists. In conclusion this book shows how much of an impact he has had on our world and how blacks fought for equal rights and how in the end his dream was fulfilled.

H. I love this book and I think it gives a great overview of the important events that Dr. King was involved with. I also think that this book is really unique with all of the illustrations because they are all made by collage and different strips of paper put together to put emphasis on the different feelings that are felt throughout this book. In the back it also shows important dates of events that occured in Dr. King’s life as well as other prominent black figures’. This book is described in short powerful sentences that I think will get across to kids and show them that love and using one’s words is always the way to go rather than physically fighting.

I. This book accumulates a bunch of ideas off the top of my head but the main obviously have to do with segregation, racism, and diversity. These topics are probably those of the most importance because especially if taught in a public school system, a very large mix of students will be in the classroom and it’s important for each of the student’s to appreciate eachother and not criticize them for their looks (shape,size, color, ethnicity etc.). Other than researching Dr. King and all of the important people that occured in the time of African American rights/segregation I think it would also be a great idea for the students to research these important dates and events that happened and connect them with the people that played important roles in them.

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The Princess Knight

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

A. The Princess Knight

B. Funke, Cornelia

C. Meyer, Kerstin

D. Scholastic INC. 2001

E. Picture Book

F. Age (k-3)

G. This picture book is all about  a young girl who is a princess and grows up with a single father (the king) because her mother died immediately after her birth. Since her father was the one to raise her he got her involved in activities that more dealt with boys than girls. The main activity was jousting where men through eachother off of horses with very large, long, and heavy poles/swords. For a long time she wasn’t strong enough to be able to handle this rough of an activity. She proves all the boys wrong and when it comes time for a male to try to win her hand in marriage by being in the jousting tournament her father holds, she secretly enters herself and proves to him that she is able to do just as much if not more than he thought when she beats all of the other contestants.

H. I thought this book was really awesome because it shows how girls and boys are really alike, and for me it eliminated that stereyotype that boys are better than girls. I’m all about anything girl power and when a book like this brings it into the classroom I think it’s great! It has a great moral in the end that strengthens the relationship between the king and the princess because he realizes what makes her truly happy rather than just picking it for her. This somewhat can relate to my own experiences because my parents always told me to never ever give up and I have taken that with me on all my journies throughout life, and just when you think your having a bad day, you just got to keep going and then you’ll see that light at the end of the tunnel.

I. This book can be brought into the classroom in a bunch of different ways. One topic it can definitely relate to is royal families because it talks about a king and a princess and how commoners were trying to win a tournament for the princess’s hand in marriage. This can bring on a whole research project where the kids research different royal families of different countries and find all about them! Another thing can be brought into the classroom with this book is the moral that each person is special for being themselves, and talking about with the class what each of the special qualities the kids believe they possess. This can help the kids build their self esteem as well as boost their confidence in a variety of different ways that can also help them to do better in class!

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Time to Sleep

Posted on February 25, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

 

A.     Time to Sleep

 

B.     Fleming, Denise

 

C.     Fleming, Denise

 

D.     Henry Holt and Company

 

E.      Picture Book, fantasy

 

F.      K-3

 

G.     This book is a really cute picture book that puts the process of animal hibernation into easy and understandable terms. It’s a story about how each of these different woodland creatures realizes it’s becoming cold and they take it upon themselves to go and tell their other woodland creature friends that they need to go into hibernation as well. This children’s book is different than some of Fleming’s other books because not only does it tell an actual story than just using noises and three-word sentences but it rhymes and uses a variety of different animals. These animals include skunks, bears, ladybugs, wood chucks, turtles and snails. By the end of the story, word has gotten around to all of the animals and they all go to sleep until the next spring.

 

H.     I actually like this more than a lot of Fleming’s other books because as I said earlier, it doesn’t just use noises and sentences that only consist of 3 words it actually tells a story and it has somewhat of a plot. It’s really cute because by the end of the story the character, bear, who was the one that started off the chain of telling every animal winter was coming, it gets to bear and of course bear already knew. The illustrations again in this book were fantastic and they different than in the book, In the Tall, Tall Grass because in that book the illustrations were very bright and in this one they were darker because it was trying to convey the message that wintertime was coming and so was nightfall, hence the title, Time to Sleep.

 

I.        This book brings a lot of subjects to the classroom that can be discussed but the one that instantly pops into my head is about hibernation. In class we can discuss what hibernation is and then go from there to talk about what animals hibernate and why. We could also compare and contrast the lifestyles of the different animals that hibernate versus those that don’t because each of those animals probably eat, sleep, and live very differently. Another really cool idea to incorporate hibernation with the class is to maybe take a trip to the zoo and while we are there they can bring up animals they actually see and say that they hibernate or just record down those animals they see that hibernate also. I think these are a few great ways that kids could learn about hibernation and this book would go along greatly with it as well!

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In the Tall, Tall Grass

Posted on February 25, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

 

A.     In the Tall, Tall Grass

B.     Fleming, Denise

C.     Fleming, Denise

D.     Henry Holt and Company

E.      Picture Book, fantasy

F.      K-3

G.     This really creative book is about different wildlife creatures that we humans could see on an every-day basis that mostly live in the grass. I say this because it includes those animals like birds, ants, caterpillars; bats etc. and these animals are more common than say, a tiger. It also shows what noises the different animals make which is cool because it did this by making the book rhyme as well. There are colorful pictures which can be intriguing to one’s eye and other than what noises the animals make it also includes things like how they move, eat and work. 

H.     I really like this book because it’s a quick story that kids can somewhat relate to because they know probably around this age that different animals do things in different ways. The art is beautifully done and I think it’s so cool that Fleming does both the writing and the illustrating. The way she does her artwork is with different types of paper so that the textures are unique. Everything is so brightly colored that I think it would really get kids into the story so they would want to read more and more. I also liked that fact that not only did include the noises the animals made but it included a variety of different ways that the animals eat, move and work. I can’t say that this book relates to me in any way except for thinking back upon projects where these kinds of insects and animals were the main topic.

I.        There are many teaching strategies that come to mind but the main one goes back to one that is similar for the book What would you do with a tail like this?. I think the kids should each choose an animal and they research that animal, with everything it does and how it acts. I as a teacher, would probably grade on some criteria that each of the student’s would have to have like the name (of the animal), it’s habitat, the food it eats, what type of animal it is (mammal etc), and any other interesting facts the student could find. Then they would present their findings with a poster and a report to the class. The main thing would be that each child would have a different animal and so the class as a whole would be learning about a lot of different animals at once and the best part is that they would be learning from each other, which is one of the best ways to teach kids anything.

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Barnyard Banter

Posted on February 25, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

 

A.     Barnyard Banter

B.     Fleming, Denise

C.     Fleming, Denise

D.     Henry Holt and Company

E.      Picture Book, fantasy

F.      K-3

G.     This fun picture book is all about different animals that live on a farm. It incorporates each animal with what noise it makes and at the same time the reader is suppose to be figuring out where the goose is. The goose is not “found” until the very end but in each picture before the end a small part if the goose is showing. This is kind of neat because this let’s the child know the goose will probably pop up at some point. Rhyming is also incorporated into this story as well, in order for it flow a lot easier.

H.     I like this book, however not as much as some others that I’ve read by Fleming. It doesn’t really have a story it just is somewhat of a more factual book because it relates animals with the noises they make. I do however love the art, as always, because of the unique way that Fleming choose to create all of her works of art with different types of paper and in such a variety of different colors. I also really like how Fleming is somewhat making the reader search for the Goose, and this brings me back to memories of looking through books like I SPY and other books like that where they were engaging and they could be read with a few other people trying to find whichever item was to be searching for.

I.        There are a lot of different teaching strategies but a few of the main ones that I would like to bring up come back from my CI-2800 class. In this class we did lesson plans at the end and each of our lesson plans had to do with a certain topic. One of the topics that a group chose was on farm animals and if I were doing this in my classroom I would probably use of their ideas because they were really unique and creative. A really cool idea was showing each of the kids how on a farm, farmers make their own butter. Well during this presentation, the group brought every student an empty baby-food jar and poured a little bit of cream into the jars. They told us to shake the jars back and forth (with the lids on) for about 10-15 min. After we do so we all for the most part had butter! They also brought in a pet bunny rabbit to give a visual example of a farm animal. In contrast to doing this I thought maybe take the class on a field trip to a petting zoo where they can learn a lot more and see for themselves what each of these farm animals actually looks like! So I think the classroom would be based upon farm animals, how they live, what they eat, and the every day life of a farmer.

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Buster

Posted on February 25, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

 

A. Buster

B.     Fleming, Denise

C.     Fleming, Denise

D.     Henry Holt and Company

E.      Picture Book, fantasy

F.      K-3

G.     This really cute story is all about this dog named Buster and how in the beginning he had the best life due to great food, a great home, a great master named “Brown Shoes” and even a great radio station to dance to! Brown Shoes brings home this box with a small kitten named Betty inside and all of a sudden Buster doesn’t think his life is so great any more. He gets really annoyed with the kitten and runs away to this park where for a little while he is happy that it is kitten free. Later on that he wakes up from a nap and is scared and hungry. He tries to figure out where he lives so he can go back home but none of the mean dogs know where he lives. All of a sudden, he sees this kitten up in a tree and realizes it was Betty and is able to get home just by seeing her face in this tree that is near their house. When he gets home he is overjoyed because his life is back to normal and he realizes what he lost after he had lost it for a short time.

H.     I absolutely loved this book and this is my overall favorite Fleming book that I have read so far! I love dogs and that could have a significant impact however I really liked the message that it sends to kids because not a lot of kids are grateful for what they have until they have lost it. This book is a perfect example of this and it shows it a nice and PG way for kids to be able to understand it easily. I also really liked how there a map of the neighborhood that the dog took to get from the park to his house with a key showing the different landmarks on the map as well.

I.        There are so many ways that this book can be incorporated with a lesson plan and one of the main things is to bring up pets. Each of the kids can present one of their pets to class by just talking about it or even personally bringing it to class for a short period of time. Another really cool way to incorporate this into the classroom is to talk about maps and keys and maybe have each kid make a map of their neighborhood and/or town and to also include a key of colorful objects like houses, pools, bushes etc like the book did in this case. As I talked about earlier I think it’s really important for the message to be brought up about how kids should be grateful for they have because some may not realize what they have until they have lost it the hard way. I would love to use this book in my future classroom over all of the other Fleming books!

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My Poem to Aleutian Sparrow

Posted on February 20, 2008. Filed under: My Poem to Aleutian Sparrow |

I felt sad and hurt throughout this book

Vera had to leave her land with just one last look

I can’t possibly imagine what it must have felt

to watch your people suffer and almost melt

I hope to never experience a tragedy that made me this mad.

Some of mine have been horrible but not nearly as bad.

My circumstances are totally different, I confess

This makes me so grateful for all that I possess

Overall this novel makes me reflect on those I’ve met

All the things and people that I have loved, lost and will never forget.

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What Would You do with a Tail Like this?

Posted on February 18, 2008. Filed under: Reader Response |

yayfun.jpgA. What do you do with a tail like this?
B. Page, Robin
C. Steven Jenkins
D. Houghton Mifflin Company Boston
E. Picture Book, Realisitic Fiction
F. K-3

G. This picture book is about different animals of all types. It shows the unique body parts of different animals and it also displays how these animals use their diverse body parts in order to help them with every day life. These different body parts include noses, eyes, tails, mouths and also feet. The animals that talked about in this book are from something as wild as a hyena to a mole to a bat to a blue whale and to a cricket. These animals are well represented because the range of them is so large and the pictures are pretty accurate.

H. I really liked this children’s book for a variety of reasons. One of the things I really liked was that at first it only showed the different body parts and it was really fun because you wanted to guess as a reader, before turning the page, which body part belonged to which animal. This actually reminded me of those books like I SPY where you could read them with friends or family and pretty much just be working together to try to figure out what each thing or where each thing was on the pages. The illustrations were very colorful and I especially liked them because they looked as if they were made of alot of different textures, like different paper and such. Overall, I really liked this book and I am really excited to integrate it with activities in my future classroom.

I. I would easily be able to use this book in my classroom when we would do a project concerning animals. I think it would be really neat to have each kid pick out a different animal and then research it, and also make a visual aid of it to present to the class. This book would be an excellent resource because kids could actally see examples of their animals and many of the kids could look at them to get an idea of where to begin. They could also get the inspiration for whichever animal they want to do from this book as well. I think this book can cause a wide and diverse range of different topic ideas and thats why I think it would be such an awesome tool to use in my classroom.

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