Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Short and Sweet

Quiet simple books still sell. This week's Read-4-Luck pick is the "surprise" book I chose to give away for the Summer Splash Blog Hop. It also comes just in time for Father's Day! TFalick is the winner. Congratulations! Just e-mail me your info so I can get it out to you.

This picture book for 2-5 year olds celebrates fatherhood everywhere. Whether you and your daddy go together like honey and bees, peanut butter and jelly, or rakes and leaves, the adoring illustrations will send the feel-good message of love lasting forever.

Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Year: 2005
Word Count: 87
Book Level: 1.2

CHILDREN:  Very short at 87 words. Could definitely become a first reader. It doesn't rhyme, which I like and the kids don't miss it. The gentle repetition is soothing and young children will soak it up after multiple readings.

PARENTS:  The pictures are wonderful. I like the combinations of things to which father-child are continuously compared. Especially enjoyable for the youngest children (ages 1-3).

TEACHERS:  Have your students think of something they really enjoy, love, or can't imagine living without. Have them think of pairs of things that "go together" but they can't copy any from the book. A simple writing exercise to get them actually writing! 1st - 3rd grade. Could introduce as poetry for 4th and 5th grades. Let children write their own poem comparing things.

WRITERS:  Doesn't really do much for me as a writer. My favorite phrase is the repeating phrase, "Whatever the weather, we go together." The book goes through the seasons and different things that fathers and children enjoy doing together throughout the year. Favorite picture is the pail and seaweed at the beach. Favorite image/memory is the stars.

What are some of the repeating phrases you have liked in picture books?

Keep on keepin' on...

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