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Let’s Go See Papá

March 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 | March - (Comments Off on Let’s Go See Papá)

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Let’s Go See Papá! by Lawrence Schimel. Translated from the Spanish by Elisa Amado. Illustrated by Alba Marina. Groundwood, 2011

 

 

1. What ways can you keep in touch with people you love when you can’t be near them?

2. How would you help the girl in this book if she started coming to your school?

3. Why do you think people choose to move to other countries?

Emma Dilemma

February 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | February | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Emma Dilemma)

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Emma Dilemma: Big Sister Poems by Kristine O’Connell George. Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter. Clarion, 2011

 

 

1. A dilemma is a situation that has good parts and bad parts. What were the good parts about having a little sister? What were the bad parts?

2. Are you more like Jess or Emma?

3. Each poem tells about a small moment in Jess and Emma’s lives. Together, the poems tell a story. Share something you remember from this story.

Crouching Tiger / These Hands

January 1st, 2013 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | January | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Crouching Tiger / These Hands)

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Crouching Tiger by Ying Chang Compestine. Illustrated by Yan Nascimbene. Candlewick Press, 2011

These Hands by Margaret H. Mason. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Houghton Mifflin, 2011

 

1. What do the boys learn from their grandfathers?

2. What celebrations are important in your family?

3. How are the grandsons’ lives different from their grandfathers’ lives? How are they the same?

Little Dog Lost

December 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | December | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Little Dog Lost)

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Little Dog Lost: A True Story of a Brave Dog Named Baltic by Mônica Carnesi. Nancy Paulsen Books / Penguin, 2012

 

 

1. How did people try to save the dog?

2. What are the ways that Baltic might be feeling along the journey?

3. The Author’s Note says no one knows where the dog came from. Where do you think Baltic came from and how did he get trapped on the ice?

Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup

November 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | November | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup)

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Sopa de frijoles / Bean Soup by Jorge Argueta. Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng. Groundwood, 2009

1. Does your family have any favorite foods that you make?

2. What did the child need to make soup?

3. A simile is a comparison using the words “like” or “as”. (For example: an onion yellow as the dawn). Can you find more similes in this story?

Mouse & Lion

October 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Primary (Grades K-2) | October | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Mouse & Lion)

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Mouse & Lion by Rand Burkert. Illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert. Michael di Capua Books / Scholastic, 2011

 

 

1. What will the Lion always remember about the Mouse? What will the Mouse remember about the Lion?

2. Have you ever helped someone bigger than you? How?

3. Which illustration did you like the best and what did you like about it?

Cork & Fuzz / Dog & Bear

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Primary (Grades K-2) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on Cork & Fuzz / Dog & Bear)

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Cork & Fuzz: Short & Tall by Dori Chaconas. Illustrated by Lisa McCue. Viking, 2006
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Dog & Bear: Two Friends, Three Stories by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. A Neal Porter Book / Roaring Brook Press, 2007

1. How did the characters in each book show that they were friends?

2. How are the friends in each book the same and different?

3. How are you the same as or different from your friends?

Two Old Potatoes and Me

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on Two Old Potatoes and Me)

Two Old Potatoes and Me book coverTwo Old Potatoes and Me by John Coy. Illustrated by Carolyn Fisher. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003

Tomás and the Library Lady

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on Tomás and the Library Lady)

Tomas and the Library Lady book coverTomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora. Illustrated by Raul Colón. Random House, 1997

The Good Luck Cat

June 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 | Summer - (Comments Off on The Good Luck Cat)

Good Luck Cat book coverThe Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo. Illustrated by Paul Lee. Harcourt, 2000

The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families

May 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 | May - (Comments Off on The Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families)

Mangrove Tree book coverThe Mangrove Tree: Planting Trees to Feed Families by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore. Lee & Low, 2011

1. How did the mangrove tree change the lives of the people in Eritrea?
2. Why did Sato choose mangrove trees to plant?
3. What could you plant to help people in your community? How would your plant help?

The Friendly Four

April 1st, 2012 | Posted by in Primary (Grades K-2) | 2011-2012 | April - (Comments Off on The Friendly Four)

Friendly Four book coverThe Friendly Four by Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Amistad / HarperCollins, 2006

1. How did these four become friends?
2. What makes a good friend? How do you be a good friend?
3. What do you like to do with your friends in summer?

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