Category Archives: Nature

Do You Really Want A Guinea Pig?

Do You Really Want A Guinea Pig?”

In this creative nonfiction book, the narrator and a guinea pig teach a boy,

the responsibilities of caring for a pet guinea pig.

Cute illustrations depict great characterization and humor.

In the back, the author provides a pet quiz and resources to learn more about guinea pigs.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and humor.

TITLE: Do You Really Want A Guinea Pig?

AUTHOR: Bridget Heos

ILLUSTRATOR: Katya Longhi

PUBLISHER: Amicus, 2016

AGE GROUP: 5-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative nonfiction, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick your favorite animal. It does not need to be a typical household pet. Write 10 how to steps about taking care of your animal.

2) Design a home (habitat cage) for your new pet. Make sure you research the animal’s natural habitat. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Bridget Heos, visit:

http://www.authorbridgetheos.com/bio.php

To learn more about illustrator Katya Longhi, visit:

http://astound.us/publishing/artists/katya-longhi

Frederick

“Frederick

Over 50 years old and a Caldecott Honor book, Frederick is a beautiful, classic story. Frederick sits on the old stonewall while his brothers gather food for the winter.

“Why don’t you work, Frederick?”

“I do work. I gather sun rays for the cold dark winter days.”

While the mice continue to collect, Frederick gathers words and colors.

During winter’s long cold days, supplies become depleted. Frederick keeps his brothers warm and happy with his colors and words. Frederick is a poet.

This book promotes imagination, wonder and perspective.

TITLE: Frederick

AUTHOR: Leo Lionni

ILLUSTRATOR: Leo Lionni

PUBLISHER: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967

AGE GROUP: 3-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Which colors remind you of each season (spring, fall, winter and summer)? Using those colors, create an expressive art picture that expresses the feeling of one of the seasons.

Here is an example of expressive art.

2) Gather colors for a rainy like Frederick did in the story. Write a poem about your rainy day.

3) Design a card for a friend using the illustrative style of Leo Lionni. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Leo Lionni, visit:

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/authors/leo-lionni/

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?”

Do you know which ones grow?

Answer yes or no.

If an owlet grows and becomes an owl, can a washcloth grow and become a towel?

Answer yes or no.

If a kitten grows and becomes a cat, can a cap grow and become a hat?

What will grow?

This book promotes creative, originality, nature, humor and creative learning.

TITLE: Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow?”

AUTHOR: Susan A. Shea

ILLUSTRATOR: Tom Slaughter

PUBLISHER: Blue Apple Books, 2011

AGE GROUP: 4-6

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative, originality, nature, humor, creative learning

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Create your own “which ones grow” questions. Make sure your questions rhyme. For example, if a puppy grows and becomes a dog, can a twig grow and become a log?

2) Pick six things from the book or from your own “which ones grow” questions and create a garden.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Susan A. Shea, visit:

http://susanashea.com

To learn more about illustrator Tom Slaughter, visit:

http://www.tomslaughter.com/TomSlaughter.com/KIDS_BOOKS.html