Friday, March 16, 2012

Stranger in the Woods

In the children's book Stranger in the Woods, by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick, is about a stranger that appears that catches the interest of all of the forest animals.  In the beginning of the story, all of the animals are told that there is a stranger in the woods.  Each animal gets a little bit nervous, so they decide that they need to investigate.  When they finally see the animal, they all argue over who is going to get a closer look.  Find out what happens when the animals look at the stranger in the woods. 

This book is a great book to read to kindergartners.  The book does a great job at giving the animals human-like qualities.  Something that I really enjoyed is the pictures.  All of the pictures in the story are photographs.  With each photograph, the authors give their own interpretation of what is going on, and it really makes a great story.  This is one of those books that could be used either during the winter months, or even when a teacher is introducing wildlife.  I really recommend this book to be used in the classroom. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Green Wilma Frong in Space

In the children's book Green Wilma Frog in Space, by Tedd Arnold, is about a frog named Wilma that gets accidentally abducted by aliens.  One day while Wilma was chasing a fly, she is taken into a space ship.  The aliens thought that she was someone else.  While she is in space, the aliens find out that she is not who they think she is.  Find out what happens when Wilma is trapped in space. 

This book is a great book to read to kindergartners.  I just read this book to the class, and they really loved listening to it.  The pictures are really fun for them to look at.  If someone is teaching a unit on frogs, this would just be a fun book to introduce the topic.  I highly recommend this book!

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

In the children's book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, by Judi Barrett, is a story about a land where the weather storms are a little unusual.  In the story, instead of normal weather, they have storms that rain down food.  In this land, they don't have any grocery stores, but get all of their food supply from the various storms. After a period of time, the weather slowly gets worse, making life much more difficult.  Find out what happens when the people struggle to survive due to too much food. 

This is a great story that any student would love to either read or listen to.  It is a very creative storyline, that anyone would have fun with.  This would be a great book for a teacher to read to a class when they are learning about weather.  The book would be a fun way to introduce what weather is.  There could also be many fun creative writing assignments that could be made from this book.  This is a classic book, and it should be read in every classroom. 

The Pout-Pout Fish

In the children's book The Pout-Pout Fish, by Deborah Diesen, it tells the story about a very depressed fish.  Throughout the entire story, the Pout-Pout fish goes around and pouts. Every time one of his friends tries to cheer him up, he just tells him that he is who he is, and just leaves everyone else feeling down.  When he leaves each place, he leaves it a little darker than when he found it.  Find out if something makes him change. 

This book is a fun book to read in the classroom.  I have read this with my reading buddy, and he really enjoyed reading it.  The pictures are really fun to look at, and it is really funny.  The book really shows that there is always a new way to look at situations that can make them better.  I highly recommend this book. 

Playful Little Penguins

The children's book Playful Little Penguins, by Tony Mitton, is about a group of penguins who go out on an adventure.  There is a group of penguins who decide that they want to go out and play.  After a long day of playing, they decide to go hunting for some fish.  While they are out in the ocean, they find a baby seal who can't find his mother.  Find out what happens in this great adventure. 

This is a really fun children's book that can be read to kindergartners.  This book not only has a fun use of rhyming words, but the picture are great to look at.  A teacher could use this book for a great writing assignment during the winter.  I really think this would be a great book to have in a classroom. 

Planet Earth

The children's book Planet Earth, by Leonie Pratt, is a book that talks about all the great things about the Earth.  This book talks about a wide variety of things that are found on the Earth.  Some of these things include: volcanoes, underground caves and rivers, coasts, deserts, and many other things.  Each page gives a brief description of the topic, and has several pictures on each page that shows the topic. 

This would be a great book for Kindergarten through 2nd grade if the teacher was teaching about the earth.  All of the facts are basic enough that the students will understand the content, and the pictures are great as well.  The students would have a great time even just looking at the pictures.  What is nice about this book is that there is a glossary in the back of the book with pictures and definitions of Earth vocabulary.  There is also a website that will provide students an opportunity to get more information about the Earth, along with activities that they can do 

Friday, March 9, 2012

Junie B., First Grader Shipwrecked

Junie B., First Grader Shipwrecked, by Barbara Par, is a young chapter book about the great Junie B. Jones.  In this book, Room One is going to put on a play about explorers that are looking for the New World.  Junie B. thinks that she is going to be the star of the play.  The only problem is that not everything is going over as smoothly as she would like it.  Many things that could go wrong start to.  Find out what happens when Junie B. Jones is involved in a school production.

This is a great book to read to an entire class.  This can be used whenever there is any quiet time, and the students would all love to listen to it.  The book is just like every other Junie B. Jones book from a humour stand point.  I highly recommend that any person read this book. 

Knuffle Bunny A Cutionary Tale

Knuffle Bunny A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems, is a children's book about a girl named Trixie and her bunny.  The story starts with Trixie going to run an errand with her dad.  Her and her dad were going to the Laundromat.  On the way home, Trixie realized something, but couldn't say the words to tell her dad.  She began to throw a giant temper tantrum, and continued the entire way home.  When they got home, Trixie's mom was asking the dad where Knuffle Bunny was, and that is when they realized that they lost Knuffle Bunny.  Read the book to find out what happens next. 

This book is an amazing children's book that should be read by teachers.  The best part is how they put the animated characters onto real photographs.  I haven't ever seen a book like it.  It is just a really fun book that the students will really enjoy. 

Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson, is a chapter book about two friends who create an imaginary land called Terabithia.  Jess and Leslie are two friends that create this kingdom that is only accessible by rope swing over a creek.  While they are in Terabithia, it is the only place that they can face their fears that haunt them in their real lives.  Find out how their friendship grows, and ends with the unexpected.. 

This would be a great book to read to a classroom.  It is all about using your imagination to create a wonderful new place.  I don't want to give away the ending, but the ending is the only reason that I don't know if I would read it.  It would still be a great book to include in the classroom if the students want to read it individually.   

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Kindergarten

The children's book My Kindergarten,by Rosemary Wells, is a story about a group of students' first year of school.  This story is about a little girl that goes through each month of her schooling.  Each month provides activities that the students are doing in the classroom.  Some of these activities include songs and looking for weeds and seeds.  The more activities the students do, the more the students find they have in common, and they become friends. 

This is a great book, because it not only gives ideas about what a kindergarten teacher can teach, but what parents can do to prepare their students for kindergarten.  The book shows that a classroom can be fun for the students.  It covers just about every aspect of a kindergarten classroom. Something that is very interesting about this book is that the illustrator uses animals instead of kids.  This will make it more fun for the kids to look at.  I really think this book should be used in a classroom. 

Love That Dog

The story Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech, follows the progression of a student's willingness to accept poetry.  In the story, it is the journal entries of a student named Jack.  Jack is a boy who in the beginning really hates poetry.  He doesn't understand poetry, and he certainly won't write it either.  Jack thinks that poetry is just for girls.  Each journal entry has Jack explaining what he thought of the poem that they went over as a class.  The further the book goes, the more Jack finds himself enjoying writing the poetry.  At first he won't let his teacher write his name on the poetry, and then as the book goes on it changes.  Find out what happens in this great book. 

This is a great book to use to introduce journal entries.  My practicum teacher has told me that she used it by reading it as the students would write their own journals.  The teacher would read the date in the book that matched the actual date. Love That Dog does a great job at making the statement that it is ok to appreciate poetry.  It really shows the progression of a student, and it will relate to how the students might be feeling. 

The Tale of Despereaux

In the chapter book The Tale of Despereaux, by Kate DiCamillo, describes the journey of a mouse that is unlike any other mouse. When Despereaux was born, he had very large ears, and his eyes were wide open.  This made him a disappointment to his family.  He is very strange beacuse he enjoys reading books, isn't afraid of humans, and he doesn't scurry.  One day, he hears music and follows it. The music leads him to a king and his daughter.  After he meets the princess, he falls in love with her.  Since Despereaux is considered odd, the mouse council sentences him to the dungeon.  They sent him there so he would be killed by the rats.  You will have to read the book to find out what happens next.

This chapter book is separated into four books.  Each book is about a different character's perspective. This books is a very creative story that could be read in just about any classroom.  It would be one to read if there is any free time, or if the class is working.  The characters are all very well developed, and are at times relateable.  I highly recommend this book.