Peter’s Chair: Ezra Jack Keats

Peter’s Chair

Author/Illustrator: Ezra Jack Keats
Publisher: Puffin
Publication Year: 1967
Brief Summary: Peter is unsure what he thinks of his baby sitter, who has inherited all of his outgrown things.

Awards, Honors and Prizes: N/A

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Sibling rivalry.  Have you been jealous of your brother or sister?  Why do you think Peter was upset and wanted to run away from home?  How are some ways you deal with sad feelings?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-self connections
  • Social studies: families

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at:  Signal Mountain Library

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A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever: Marla Frazee

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

Author/Illustrator: Marla Frazee
Publisher: Harcourt
Publication Year: 2008
Brief Summary: Best friends James and Eamon enjoy each other, Nature Camp, and all sorts of fun things at Eamon’s grandparents’ beach house.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:
  • Study the text and the pictures…do they tell the same stories?  Did James really packed “just a couple of things” for his week?  Was he really sad to see his mom leave?  Find other examples in the book where the text says one thing and the pictures suggest something else.
  • What did the boys during the week?  Do you think they enjoyed camp? Write down days of the week across the poster; underneath, write or draw what the boys did that day.
  • Why did Bill come up with the nickname Jamon for the boys?
  • Look at the pictures the boys took and the sort of things they brought back…what kinds of things did they do at Nature Camp?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Making inferences
  • Interpreting pictures/words
  • Language arts: sarcasm, irony

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.
Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library