Friday, August 29, 2008

Sensory imagery

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What do you hear? By Bill Martin

With each picture- can you hear the animal? Where might the animal be if it was in the picture?

Gathering the Sun by Alma Flor Ada

Poetry imagery for fruits/places

Water Hole Waiting by Jane and Christopher Kurtz

Phrasing evoking imagery – Sun cartwheels slowly up the sky

Dangers for monkey evoking imagery – stay away from hippo’s yawning jaws.

I didn’t understand the danger when I tried to make a mental image I could hear how loud it was and I knew why she pulled the monkey’s ear.

One Hot Summer Day – by Nina Crews

Things to do when you are hot.

Yum! Mmm! Que Rio by Pat Flora

Short poetry with imagery of foods

Not a Box by Porter

What rabbit is imaging is in red

Books on dinosaurs – scientists have to use visual imagery to get the picture

Moon Jumpers by Janice May Urdry Sounds sights of a summer night

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Grades 2-4

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little by Peggy Gifford
Tales of all the things that distract Moxy from reading her required reading of Stuart Little.
Author's Style: Conversational tone, SHORT chapters. Each chapter makes many jumps from narrator speaking to narrator narrating.

Grades K-2

My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Who could write a better beginning reader book than Mo Willems? I can wait to get the rest of the Elephant & Piggie series!

Good Boy Fergus by David Shannon
The likeable, loveable dog Fergus, who is, of course, always doing the wrong thing.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Grades 3-5

The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry
Five children are hated by their parents and children are trying to do away with parents while parents are trying to do away with children.
Author's style: Very dry sense of humor - you have to think about it to get the jokes. LOTS of vocabulary, but also lots of contextual and text clues. Humorous glossary in the back.

So B. It by Sarah Weeks
Heidi struggles to learn her family history, with a mother who is severely mentally disabled. She is raised largely by a neighbor who has a fear of leaving her apartment. In her search for the truth, she discovers that there are many twists on truth, and finding the truth doesn’t always answer all the questions.

Artemis Fowl Graphic Novel by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Everything a good graphic novel should be - developed plot, creative new world, and of course, the villain.