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Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever

Sterling, Best Fork Dog Ever”

No one had wanted Sterling for very long. When the Butlery Cutlery Company advertises shipping to all the best homes, Sterling is determined to be the best fork ever.

He did his best to be a handy and useful fork but one day the family eats with their fingers. To avoid being sent back to the company, Sterling tries to be useful by being a whisk, a lamp, and a paper towel holder.

At the dog park, Sterling still tries to be useful by behaving like a stick. The family’s daughter wants Sterling to just be himself. Will Sterling ever figure out who he is?

Delightful end pages show Sterling posing as other objects.

This story promotes creative components of flexible thinking and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Sterling’s character and his humorous ability to adapt himself into other objects. And as always, I appreciate the theme – you are your best by just being yourself.

TITLE: Sterling, Best ForkDog Ever

AUTHOR: Aidan Cassie

ILLUSTRATOR: Aidan Cassie

PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-7

TOPIC(S): family, finding a home, acceptance

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: flexible thinking, humor

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What animal shape might resemble a spoon? Sketch out your animal spoon. What other items can your animal imitate?

2) Think about a spatula. List other ways might a spatula be used.

3) Caricatures are drawings that emphasize features that can be exaggerated. For example, if someone has a prominent nose, the caricature drawing would show an extremely large nose. Try your hand at drawing a dog caricature. For inspiration, visit: http://www.fredeyer.net/pets.htm

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Aidan Cassie, visit:

http://aidancassie.com

Visit https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780374306144to see more images of this story.

Mathematickles!

Mathematickles”

Mathematickles! offers a playful introduction to math concepts through a creative lens. Follow a girl and her cat through the seasons using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, graphs and tables.

This story promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, original, and perspective. FYI: This is not a how to book.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: First, I like this book because of the unusual title. It piqued my curiosity about what I would discover between the pages of this book. Also, inventing new words is a favorite pastime of mine. Second, the fun interplay between the concrete nouns, which describe each season and the introduction of basic math concepts allows young readers to think creatively.

TITLE: Mathematickles

POEMS by: Betsy Franco

ILLUSTRATOR: Steven Salerno

PUBLISHER: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2003

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): basic math concepts, seasons, creative thinking

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, flexible thinking, original, perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Pick a holiday that you like to celebrate. Use three of the math concepts from the book to describe your holiday. Have someone guess your holiday. For example, pumpkin – seeds + sugar = pumpkin pie; dishes of food x laughter = family gathering; Thanksgiving

2) Create sensory chart for each season. For each season, list as many as you can think up for each sense. Choose items from the list to use with basic math concepts.

Autumn Winter Spring Summer
Tastes
Sounds
Sights
Touches
Smells

 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about poet Betsy Franco, visit:

http://www.betsyfranco.com/index.htm

To learn more about illustrator Steven Salerno, visit:

https://www.stevensalerno.com/bio/