Babushka’s Doll: Patricia Polacco

Babushka’s Doll

Author/Illustrator: Patricia Polacco
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Year: 1990
Brief Summary: Natasha learns about patience and slowing down when she plays with Babushka’s special doll.

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.:

  • Describe Natasha.  How does she change as the story progresses? What lessons does she learn from playing with the special doll?
  • Have you had days when nothing seems right or you just can’t sit still?  Write about one of those days and how you “turned it around”.

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

Accessed at: Capilano Library

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble: William Steig

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Author/Illustrator: William Steig
Publisher: Little Simon
Publication Year: 1969
Brief Summary: When Sylvester finds a magic pebble, he uses it to escape a lion, only to be turned into a rock, with no foreseeable way of returning to his original form.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Emphasis on Reading: A Children”s Choice Book Award Program, 1982-1983′ ‘ Winner’ ‘ Grades K-1’ ‘ Alabama’ ‘
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1970′ ‘ Winner’ ” ‘ United States’

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

  • Would you like a magic pebble like Sylvester?  If you were to encounter a lion, how would you get out of the situation?
  • Is there a moral to this story?  What lesson did Sylvester learn through his adventure?

Accessed at: Personal Library