A crime has happened! Each time the thief commits another crime, the stolen item gets replaced with a rhyming item.
This fun caper introduces young readers into the world of rhyme.
But what happens when the thief comes across a word that doesn’t rhyme with another word? Will the thief get caught?
This book promotes imagination, creativity and humor.
TITLE: Rhyme Crime
AUTHOR: Jon Burgerman
ILLUSTRATOR: Jon Burgerman
PUBLISHER: Dial Books for Young Readers, 2018
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, creativity, humor
1) Create two scenes that could be added to this story. Create a character that wears a coat. Think of words that rhyme with coat. Choose one of the words to replace coat. Draw the new scene with your new word.
2) Make a list of things that you might find in a school backpack. Next to each word, write a rhyming word. Give your list of rhyming words to a partner and have him or her guess what the original item was.
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“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
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.
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“The Gift of Nothing”
It is a special day. Mooch wants to give a gift to his best friend, Earl, but what do you give someone who already has a bowl, a bed and a chewy toy?
Mooch searches and searches until he finally finds…
This sweet book reminds us that the simplest “nothings” are the best gifts.
This book promotes sharing and different perspective.
TITLE: The Gift of Nothing
AUTHOR: Patrick McDonnell
ILLUSTRATOR: Patrick McDonnell
PUBLISHER: Little Brown Company, 2005
AGE GROUP: 4-7
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: sharing, different perspective
1) How is an empty box be a gift? What would you do if you received an empty box?
2) Love is something that cannot be seen. Or can it? In what ways do you show love?
3) The symbol for love is a heart. What symbol would you create to represent friendship?
4) What does love sound like, smell like, taste like, feel like and look like? Using your answers to these sensory questions, write a poem about love.
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