Friday, March 9, 2012

In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb by Marion Dan Bauer

Happy Friday dear readers.
For the month of March, I came across this beautifully illustrated and poetic story about how this month blows in like the lion and goes out like a gentle lamb. What a great opportunity to discuss how seasons change. Check out the Reading Adventure section for other ideas on how to make this book a teachable source.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.

Book Title: In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb
Author: Marion Dan Bauer                                                                                                                
Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully

Book Information:
Publisher and date:Holiday House (March 15, 2011
Reading level:Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre:Fiction Picture Book

Book Theme:
seasonal changes, idioms, rhyming text, seasons

Book Summary from
March comes in with a roar.
He rattles your windows
and scratches at your door.

In this exuberant, rhythmic story, March, personified as a lion, enters a boy's cozy home and leaves a trail of snow flurries and muddy footprints. The boy calmly observes the pouncing, howling, growling lion until in comes the lamb on the crest of a huge sneeze. 
Escorted by grass, flowers, sunshine, showers, and animal babies large and small, the lamb brings forth spring.

Activity Adventures:

Learn about the different seasons. Enchanted Learning has several worksheets and ideas for teaching about seasons.

Here's a video that provides a simple explanation. Click over to find more videos about seasons and how they change. 

Crafty Ideas:
Create a seasons chart by dividing a large sized poster board into four squares. Find old family photos that are extras and not important so you can cut and glue them on the poster.
Ask: When were the pictures were taken, what season you were in? Glue the photos into the correct seasonal box. Write activities you enjoy doing during each season. 

Writing Prompts:
Pick a season and write about something you enjoy doing during that season.

Write up a seasonal Bucket List of things you would like to do during the Spring, Summer, ect.

Pick out the rhyming words in the story. What sound is common? Can you separate the words into the correct sound family?

Where does the term "March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb" come from? The Farmer's Almanac has an article about this. 

Authors Arena

Marion Dane Bauer is the author of more than eighty books for young people, ranging from novelty and picture books through early readers, both fiction and nonfiction, books on writing, and middle-grade and young-adult novels. She has won numerous awards, including several Minnesota Book Awards, a Jane Addams Peace Association Award for RAIN OF FIRE, an American Library Association Newbery Honor Award for ON MY HONOR, a number of state children's choice awards and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota for the body of her work.

She is also the editor of and a contributor to the ground-breaking collection of gay and lesbian short stories, Am I Blue? Coming Out from the Silence.

Marion was one of the founding faculty and the first Faculty Chair for the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her writing guide, the American Library Association Notable WHAT'S YOUR STORY? A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO WRITING FICTION, is used by writers of all ages. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen different languages.

She has six grandchildren and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her partner and a cavalier King Charles spaniel, Dawn.

Illustrator: Emily Arnold McCully
Emily Arnold McCully was born left handed in Illinois and was transplanted to Long Island, where she grew up. A tree climber, bike rider, fort builder and ball player, she also devoted hours every day to reading and drawing. She majored in art history at college and acted and wrote for the theater. She lived in Europe for a year researching her Master's thesis, also in art history. Back in New York, she took to the streets with a portfolio of sample illustrations. Early assignments were for book jackets, magazine stories and pharmaceutical ads. A poster displayed in subway cars caught the attention of a children's book editor and a new career was launched. After illustrating other peoples' texts for several years and publishing two adult novels (A Craving and life Drawing) McCully began writing her own picture books.
She has been awarded the Caldecott Medal, Christopher Award, Jane Addams Award, O'Henry Award and many others.
She has two sons and lives in New York and Columbia County, N.Y., where she maintains a large garden.

1 comment:

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