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The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig

The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig”

Based on a true story about a rescued pig, Esther’s two dads were told she was a mini pig. But there was nothing mini about Esther.

She grew and grew and grew.

Esther often got into mischief. She made a mess in the garden.

She sneaked into the freezer and ate all the ice pops. But she would look into her dads’ eyes and that smile…it was love.

Eventually Esther, at over six hundred pounds, outgrew their tiny house. Her two dads bought property and created the Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary for rescued animals.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and humor.

TITLE: The True Adventure of Esther the Wonder Pig

AUTHOR: Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane

ILLUSTRATOR: Cori Doerrfield

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 6-8

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, creative nonfiction

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Imagine having a dinosaur as a pet. What adventures would you and your pet have? What mischief might your pet get into?

2) Happily Ever Esther Farm Sanctuary is located in Canada. Explore animal sanctuaries in other countries. How do animal shelters in the United States differ and are similar than other countries’ shelter? What ways can you help rescued animals? 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about Esther the Pig, visit:

https://www.estherthewonderpig.com

To learn more about author Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, Caprice Crane, visit:

http://www.stevejenkinsbooks.com

To learn more about Caprice Crane, visit:

http://www.capricecrane.com

To learn more about illustrator Cori Doerrfield, visit:

http://www.coridoerrfeld.com

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

Winter Dance

Winter Dance”

Opening:   A single snowflake floats through the air, spins, leaps, settles on the nose of a fine red fox. What is a fox to do?

Other animals share with fox what they do in the winter. Squirrel gathers acorns. Turtle buries deep in the mud. Caterpillar wraps itself in a chrysalis.

But none of that will work for fox.

Until another fox comes along.

This book promotes creative nonfiction and beautiful lyrical language.

TITLE: Winter Dance

AUTHOR: Marion Dane Bauer

ILLUSTRATOR: Richard Jones

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: lyrical, nonfiction

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) In the winter, humans and animals wear winter coats. Design a winter coat for an alien or dinosaur.

2) Create a creative dance movement  for each animal in the story.

3) If a snowman were to take a summer vacation, where would he go? Design a travel pamphlet for his vacation destination. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Marion Dane Bauer, visit:

https://www.mariondanebauer.com

To learn more about illustrator Richard Jones, visit:

http://www.paintedmouse.com/about/