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What Really Happened to Humpty?

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in September | Intermediate (Grades 3-5) | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on What Really Happened to Humpty?)

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What Really Happened to Humpty?
(from the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective) by Jeanie Franz Ransom. Illustrated by Stephen Axelsen. Charlesbridge, 2009

1. What stories do these characters come from?

2. How would the story change if it was told from Muffy’s perspective?

3. If you wrote this story, who would you make the hero and who would be the villain?

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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?

A Ball for Daisy/Back to School Tortoise

September 1st, 2012 | Posted by schliesman in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | September | 2012-2013 - (Comments Off on A Ball for Daisy/Back to School Tortoise)

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A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka. Schwartz & Wade, 2011

1. How can you tell when Daisy is happy? Sad? Curious?

2. What do you think is happening here? (Ask this as you go from page to page to encourage children to use their own words to tell the story as they understand it. You can also have a discussion together, sharing ideas about what is happening on each page.)

3. Daisy feels happy when she has her ball. What is something that makes you feel happy?

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Back to School Tortoise by Lucy M. George. Illustrated by Merel Eyckerman. U.S. edition: Albert Whitman, 2011

1. What would you do to get ready for the first day of school?

2. What do you think school will be like?

3. (Adult) Share a memory of a first day of school.

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by lendlich in Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers | October | 2011-2012 - (Comments Off on The Voyage of Turtle Rex)

The Voyage of Turtle Rex

The Voyage of Turtle Rex by Kurt Cyrus. Harcourt, 2011

1. Why did the turtle go back to the beach?
2. Where would a 2-ton, 15-foot turtle fit?
3. Pretend you’re a sea turtle coming out of your egg–show us how you would walk on the sand or swim in the water.