Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dog Breath

Dog Breath is a book about a family that has a dog that has bad breath.  In the book, the family was being forced to give the dog away because of its breath being so bad.  The kids decide that they will do as much as they can to fix the problem.  One way that they try to fix the problem was taking the dog to a location with a "breathtaking view."  You will have to find out what happens next!

This book is a great book to read to just about any elementary school student.  In my practicum, the teacher uses it for many of her writing assignments.  Every student loves hearing this book, and they request it all the time.  They have read it so many times that the class has it memorized.  Another great thing about this book is all of the illustrations.  Dav Pilkey not only writes this book, but he did the illustrations as well.  Every page has something going on in the background that makes the students laugh.  He uses bright colors, and it makes it fun to look at.  I highly recommend this book!!!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash

     The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash is a book about the misadventures of a class field trip to a farm.  This book starts off with a mother and daughter having a discussion about how the girl's field trip to the farm went.  The girl then relives everything that went on that made the trip a disaster.  Things like people throwing eggs at each other lead to Jimmy dropping his pet boa in the chicken coop.  This then led to many other problems that get worse as the book goes on. 
     This book is a must read for just about any elementary student.  The storyline is developed in a very clever way.  The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate  the Wash is one of those kinds of books that is all about cause and effect.  One things happens, and it leads to something else to happen.  This book has many twists and turns, and it really makes you want to keep reading to find out how it will end.  The illustrations in this book show exactly what is going on, with many things in the background that really make you laugh. 
     I have read this book with several different kids, and every single one has enjoyed it.  They all like commenting about what they see in the illustrations.  Probably the best part of this book for kids is that it is a very silly book that really makes them laugh.  This is one of those kinds of books that if a student is an OK reader, then they should read the book, and if they can't read, it should be read to them.  It is worth the read.   

I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

     In the children's book I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!, by Dr Seuss, it gives all the great things about reading.  The book starts with the Cat in the Hat reading a book, and saying that he can read in red, blue and "pickle color" by putting on different colored glasses. He goes on stating all of the places that you can read, and all of the things that you will miss if you read with your eyes shut.  In the book, he talks about how he can read with his eyes shut, but it isn't as fun as reading with your eyes open.
     This is a great children's book because it just encourages kids to read.  When it talks about how people should read with their eyes open, it means that they should open their minds to new experiences.  "There are so many things to learn about.BUT...you'll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.The more that you read,the more things you will know.The more that you learn,the more places you'll go."  The illustrations in this book are very creative like just about every Dr. Seuss book.  This book will be great for creating discussion.

Bears On Wheels

      The children's book Bears on Wheels is a book about bears riding unicycles, bicycles, and other types of cycles with multiple wheels.  The book begins with one bear riding a unicycle, and then two bears riding a bicycle.  This type of pattern continues throughout the book.  There are some times where there will be like five bears on a unicycle. 
     This is a great book for people who are either beginning to learn how to read, or are just learning how to count.  With every page, the students will have an opportunity to count either the number of bears there are on the page, or even just count the number of wheels on the cycles.  The text in this book is also very basic, so it is very easy for beginning readers to use.  In the classroom, I had a couple of students read this with me.  The kindergarteners were all able to read what the book said, and it gave them some extra practice with their counting. 

Danny and the Dinosaur

     Danny and the Dinosaur, by Syd Hoff, is a children's book about a boy named Danny who really wants to play with a dinosaur.  While visiting a museum, a dinosaur comes to life to play with Danny.  The two go out on an adventure where they do many different activities.  Some of these activities include watching a baseball game and giving people rides on the dinosaur's tail. 
     This is a great children's book that I have enjoyed reading for years.  The illustrations are very creative, and give a good representation of what is going on in the book.  Danny and the Dinosaur is an easy read for upper level readers, but will be difficult for beginning readers.  The book is pretty long for younger children, but it is one that is worth reading.  With the creative plot, it will have the readers wanting to read even more. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

One Gorilla

One Gorilla, by Atsuko Morzumi, is a perfect book for any beginning reader.  Not only are the illustrations incredible, but the content is fantastic.  This book not only ties in reading and animal, but it goes into counting as well.  Throughout this book, the students count starting from one, and as the book goes on it increases.  So there will be one gorilla, and then the next page will have two animals with the one gorilla.  From the experience I had in my kindergarten classroom, the students all enjoyed counting the total number of animals on each page.  The students really made it a race to see who could find the animals the quickest.  I have seen a growth in their counting since we started reading this book.  Once the book is finished, there is a picture of each group of numbers.  This makes the students count them all over again.  When teaching students how to read numbers, this book is a must read.  If the students are just starting to read, they will more than likely need this book to be read to them until they are comfortable.  This is because there are a couple of difficult words.


I really enjoy reading books that are illustrated with vibrant colors, and Splash! does that very well.  Splash! is a children's book that is made for students that are around the kindergarten level.  This book used basic words that are great for begginning readers, and it also has great illustrations that go along with the text.  Each illustration is a picture of a specific animal that you would see in the wild.
Splash! is a book about animals that appear to live in Africa.  The weather is very hot in the book, and so the book shows the animals wanting to find a way to cool down. 
This book is very good for young readers because the children will be able to read about some of their favorite animals. 


I am a student at Eastern Oregon University, and I am in the elementary education program.  Growing up I started off reading many of the Dr. Seuss books.  As I got older, I moved on to chapter books like the Hank the Cowdog series and the Harry Potter series.  Now that I am in college, I still like to read when I get the chance.  Some of my favorite books are The Kite Runner, The Color Purple, and just about every Harry Potter book.