Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Book Features: I Broke My Trunk and The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School

Hello Friends and Fabulous Readers!
The Queen back with more wonderful books for your reading enjoyment. Today, I've decided to introduce two books because one book comes with a vast treasure box of activities ready for you to plunder. The second comes from a well-known author Mo Willems.

Our first book feature:

The Gingerbread Man: Loose in the School
by Laura Murray

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (July 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399250522

Product Description
When a class leaves for recess, their just-baked Gingerbread Man is left behind. But he's a smart cookie and heads out to find them. He'll run, slide, skip, and (after a mishap with a soccer ball) limp as fast as he can because: "I can catch them! I'm their Gingerbread Man!"

Author Laura Murray dreamed of being a writer "someday." She fell in love with children's literature while attending college to get her teaching degree. But writing was something she kept on the back burner. Then, after working as a Kindergarten teacher and having her own children, that "someday" came and she joined SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) where she learned the craft of writing for children.
As a teacher, she also understands the importance of making reading come alive and has already come up with many fun extension ideas for her Gingerbread book
Run, Run, Run on over as fast as you can and see what the fun things you can do with the Gingerbread man!

Illustrator Mike Lowery
Mike Lowery lives in a tiny cottage surrounded by trees where he mostly just makes art. His work has been seen in galleries and
publications internationally and he is Professor of Illustration at
the Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. His daughter
Allister loves it when he draws faces on their bananas.

(Bio from Mike's website) 

Here's a sample from one of his journals. Anyone can carry around a small moleskin blank book to make pictures in. It's how even the pros practice for when they create art for books. 

Our Next Book: I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems

  • Reading level: Ages 4-8
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423133099
Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In I Broke My Trunk! Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own? 

Mo Willems has written and illustrated many books for children since his start on Sesame Street. He has several websites which can be linked to from his main site. There's so much to do with all his crazy characters that there's little need to add more activities here. His Pigeon and Bunny website have lots to do and explore for both the "fun" children's areas and the "boring" parents areas. 

What I liked about this particular Pig and Elephant book was how Elephant went about telling the harrowing, or humorous tale of how he broke his trunk. It didn't happen the way you'd think it should have happened, let me assure you without offering any spoilers. 

I think this would be a great book to use when presenting a lesson on Getting to the Gist of a Story, generally taught with the Write Traits lesson plans. When you get to the Gist, it's how readers and writers seek out the Main Idea of a story or passage. 

It takes quiet a while for Elephant to just get to the Gist of his story.

picture from Wikipedia

Have a wonderful weekend friends, and I do look forward to seeing you again next week.

Happy Writing,
The Queen

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