“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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“Paul Meets Bernadette”
Paul swims around and around in big circles and little circles. He swims to the left and to the right. He swims up and down, down and up until…
…Bernadette drops in and shows Paul a world filled with so many interesting things.
“Do you see those tall buildings over there?” says Bernadette.
Textured oil paintings beautifully illustrate the mundane changing into something unusual.
This book promotes originality, perspective, imagination, and flexible thinking.
TITLE: Paul Meets Bernadette
AUTHOR: Rosy Lamb
ILLUSTRATOR: Rosy Lamb
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2013
AGE GROUP: 5-8
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, imagination, flexible thinking
1) Make a list of things that you see at lunch. Pick 10 items. For each item, list what else it could be. For example, a sandwich is a raft for ants (raisins) to float down the river (split milk).
2) Imagine you are a bird flying about your day. What might you encounter? Now using your imagination, elaborate on those encounters, what might those things become?
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