Stranger in the Mirror: Allen Say

 

Stranger in the Mirror

Author/Illustrator: Allen Say
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 1995
Brief Summary: A young boy wakes up to find that his face has transformed into that of an old man.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

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

  • Why did the boy dream that he’s turned into an old man?  How do you think he feels about being old in the beginning of the book?
  • How did the teasing from his friends at school make him feel?
  • What finally made him feel okay about the way he looked?  What lessons did he learn about aging?

Accessed at: Vancouver Public Library

Free Fall: David Wiesner

Free Fall

Author/Illustrator: David Wiesner
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
Publication Year: 1988
Brief Summary: A boy’s dreams take him to faraway places and fantastical lands and creatures.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1989′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ‘
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson

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

  • Discuss wordless books — have students take turns telling the story/describing the pictures.  Encourage them to be as detailed as they can.
  • Pay special attention to the last illustration of the book — what does it show us?  (Everything he met in the dream is in and around his bedroom.)
  • Have you had really fantastic dreams where you travel all over the places?  Do you like those kind of dreams?  Why or why not?  Pair with Where the Wild Things Are or other wordless books.  Have children describe what they see in each picture.

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library