The Happy Hocky Family!: Lane Smith

The Happy Hocky Family!

Author/Illustrator: Lane Smith
Publisher: Viking
Publication Year: 1993
Brief Summary: A collection of short, funny stories about the Hocky family and sometimes their visitors.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: Parents” Choice Award, 1997′ ‘ Gold’ ‘ Paperback’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss families and family members.  What is your immediate family?  Distant relatives/extended family?
  • In this story, does the Hocky family like their neighbors?  Why or why not?  How can you tell?
  • Why did the kids try to get their grandma to open the window wide, really wide?  How can you tell?
  • After the family visits the zoo, what happened to their dog?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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