Monday, December 5, 2011

Miss Smith - Under the Ocean by Michael Garland

Good day fine reader friends. The Queen here with another delightful read of the high seas. I fell in awe over Garland's beautiful illustrations in this book. Each page provides lively details for the eyes to behold and examine. I also loved the references in the story to other great classics such as The Owl and the Pussy Cat to Treasure Island and The Little Mermaid. What a wonderful way to introduce a child to even greater stories and peak their interest in them.

Book Title: Miss Smith - Under the Ocean
Author and Illustrator: Micheal Garland

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Dutton Juvenile (April 28, 2011)
Reading level:Ages 5 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
ISBN: 0525423427

Book Summary (From
5 and upK and upMiss Smith
Miss Smith's class can't wait for story time. When their teacher reads from her incredible storybook, the worlds she describes come alive-literally! So when the class takes a field trip to the local aquarium, reading magic brings favorite nautical characters to life, including Long John Silver and the Swiss Family Robinson. From swimming with the Little Mermaid to rescuing their treasured storybook from scurvy pirates, it's another rollicking reading adventure Miss Smith's class - and readers - won't soon forget.

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Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
This book is a great way to introduce a young child to classics. Many classics have been condensed into short picture books. Go to the library and look up some of these classics to read together.

Older Readers:
Challenge older readers to pick one or two of the classics from the book to read. After reading the book, rent the movie version to watch. Use a Venn Diagram to do a compare and contrast of the book and movie.

Crafty Ideas:
Look at the sealife in the book. Younger children can make fish from paper plates. (Find a link)
Older children can pick a fish and look it up, draw and color.

Writing Prompts:
What books have your read recently? If you were to take a trip across the country you live in, who would you want to stop and visit or bring along with you?  Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid? Harry from Harry Potter? Cat from The Cat in the Hat? He promises to be fun. How about Skippyjon Jones?

Write a short story add your favorite storybook characters to your own adventure.

Discussion Questions:
Research the giant squid.

Authors Arena

Michael Garland is a best selling author and illustrator. His books have won numerous awards including the California State Young Readers Award, the Delaware State Reading Award and the Texas Armadillo Reader’s Choice Award. The Society of Illustrators honored Michael’s work with two silver medals. He lives in Patterson, New York, with his wife and their three children.

Author/Illustrator past works:
Super Snow Day -ISBN 978-0-525-42245-7
Miss Smith and the Haunted Library - ISBN 978-0-525-42139-9
Americana Adventure - ISBN 987-0-525-47945-1

Older works: 
Miss Smith Reads Again!, Dutton, 2006.
The Great Easter Egg Hunt, Dutton, 2005.
Michael Garland’s Christmas Treasury, Dutton, 2004.
Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook, Dutton, 2003.
The President and Mom’s Apple Pie, Dutton 2002.
Last Night at the Zoo, Boyds Mills Press, 2001.
Icarus Swinebuckle, Albert Whitman, 2000.
Angel Cat, Boyds Mills Press, 1998.

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