Madlenka: Peter Sis

Madlenka

  • Author/Illustrator: Peter Sis

  • Publisher: Frances Foster Books

  • Publication Year: 2000

  • Brief Summary: Madlenka proudly shows off her loose tooth to her neighbors around the block: Mr. Gaston, the French baker; Mr. Singh, the Indian newspaper vendor; Mr. Ciao, the Italian ice cream truck driver; Ms. Grimm, the storyteller from Germany; Mr. Eduardo, the Latino grocer; Cleopatra, her Egyptian school friend; and finally, Mrs. Kham, the Asian gift shop owner.

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  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

    • Discussion of what makes up a community/neighborhood, different countries, and the world.

    • What makes up your community?  Do you live in a suburb, city, or country?  What kind of buildings, shops, people are in your community?  Residential vs. commercial vs. community buildings, etc.

    • What makes up the community that is our country?  People of different races, socioeconomic statuses, different education/cultural backgrounds, etc.

    • Define global community.  Is it possible to find a global community right in your neighborhood, even if you don’t live in New York City like Madlenka?  Is your neighborhood similar?  Why would it be good to live in that kind of neighborhood?

    • Draw a map of your neighborhood, with different components as discussed above labeled.

    • If you have a loose tooth, who would you show it to?  Who are your favorite neighbors?  What makes a good neighbor?

  • Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

    • Social studies connection — community, geography

    • text-to-world and text-to-self connections

  • Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: Teachers’ Guide on Peter Sis’ website…references to curriculum standards http://www.petersis.com/content/madlenka_teachers_guide.html

  • Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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