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The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

“The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

Not your typical ABC book, as  the Little Red Cat of The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way) learns his ABCs in this wordless adventure story.

As Little Red Cat steps outside his front door, he is chased by Alligator, Bear, Chicken and Dragon.

(What action is the letter E? The egg.)

Pursued through a kingdom and over mountains, he becomes lost and has to find his way home.


In the back of this book, a word list depicts the words that accompany each letter. Illustrations provoke humor and emotion all while “teaching” the ABCs without one word.

This book promotes imagination, humor, and originality.

TITLE: The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABCs (the Hard Way)

AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell

ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, originality


1) Invent your own wordless ABC adventure.

2) Pick two consecutive letters of the alphabet. Create a two page spread showing your characters doing an action using the two letters to direct the action like Patrick McDonnell did with letters F (fire) and G (glasses).


To learn more about author/illustrator Patrick McDonnell, visit:




Meet the Claymates, two balls of clay that can become anything.

When the artist leaves the room, what could possibly go wrong?

Continue reading Claymates

Lexie the Word Wrangler

Lexie the Word Wrangler”

Lexie wrangles words instead of cattle. She raises baby letters until they grow into words, lassos words together, herds words into sentences and hitches sentences together to tell a story.

When a rustler turns up, adding letters to words and making other words disappear, ruckus upsets life on the ranch.

The desert turns into a giant dessert.

A rainbow becomes a bow in the sky. Will Lexie capture the rustler?

This book promotes originality, humor, and clever.

TITLE: Lexie the Word Wrangler

AUTHOR: Rebecca Van Slyke

ILLUSTRATOR: Jessie Hartland

PUBLISHER: Nancy Paulsen Books, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, humor, clever


1) You can be a word wrangler, too!

* Rearrange each of these words to form new words. GRATE, SCOPE, APES, ART, ATOM

* Write a list of compound words. Break the words into two words. Write each word on a slip a paper and fold. Put each word into a bag. Select two slips of paper from the bag. Form a new compound word.

* Drop letters from words to form new words.

2) Write a list of 50 words on slips of paper. Fold and put into a bag. Pick 15 words from the bag. Create a short story, using these words. 


To learn more about author Rebecca Van Slyke, visit:



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