It Could Always Be Worse
Author/Illustrator: Margot Zemach
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Year: 1976
Brief Summary: A poor man complains about his overcrowded home, until Rabbi’s advice turned things even worse.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:
- New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year, 1977 Winner United States
- Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1978 Honor Book United States
- Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
- What is the moral of this story?
- Write your own “It could always be worse” story.
- Pair this book with Could Be Worse by James Stevenson. What are some similarities/differences you notice about the stories?
Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.
- Text-to-text connections
- Language arts: reading to write
Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Signal Mountain Library