One Cool Friend: Toni Buzzeo

One Cool Friend

Author: Tony Buzzeo
Illustrator: David Small
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 2012
Brief Summary: Elliot, a very proper boy, visits the aquarium, falls in love with the penguins, and brings one home.
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.:

  • Research different kinds of penguins and read other penguin books (fiction and non-fiction).  Study Ferdinand Magellan and his explorations.
  • Study penguin habitats.  Would Elliot’s home be the proper place for a penguin?  What does Elliot do to stimulate this habitat?
  • Were you surprised that Elliot’s dad had a real turtle?  What are some clues on the preceding pages?

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

Accessed at: Capilano Library

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow: Joyce Sidman

Butterfly Eyes and Other Secrets of the Meadow

Author: Joyce Sidman
Illustrator: Beth Krommes
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2006
Brief Summary: Through beautiful scratchboard illustrations, poems, and informational passages, readers learn about different creatures and plants found on meadows.
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Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Science: discuss the meadow and habitats.  What kinds of animals and plants live in this environment?
  • How does dew form?  Where can you find dewdrops on a meadow?  In your neighborhood?
  • Discuss animals mentioned in the book — parts of grasshopper, what makes a predator/prey, survival strategies, etc.
  • Discuss words in the glossary.  Remind students that we often find glossaries in informational books.
  • Language Arts: discuss poetry?  What are some characteristics of poetry?  Do you see similarities and differences between different poems in the book?  (traditional vs. free verse vs. concrete poems, etc.)
  • Go through the riddles — can students solve them?   Have students write their own riddles about an animal or plant using poetry.

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Have You Seen My Duckling?: Nancy Tafuti

Have You Seen My Duck?

Author/Illustrator: Nancy Tafuti
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Year: 1984
Brief Summary: A mother duck looks for her one missing duck.
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.:

  • Practice counting
  • Near wordless book: have kids supply words to the narrative
  • Name all the animals you see in the book
  • Science: discuss setting of book and habitat — what kind of plants grow in the settling?

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems: Joyce Sidman

 

Song of the Water Boatman & Other Pond Poems

Author/Illustrator: Joyce Sidman

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Publication Year: 2005
Brief Summary: A collection poems about pond life, including animals, plants, and insects that are found in that habitat.
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.:

  • Research pond animals, insects, and plants.  Research the pond habitat.  How does it differ from other types of “water” habitats, such as river, swamp, ocean, etc.?
  • Informational reading: read the accompanying information about each animal/plant in the back of the book; supplement with other informational books.  Have groups of students make mini books about pond animal/plants using additional facts.
  • Discuss poetry — different types of poems…rhyming, concrete, etc.

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

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library