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Nancy's picks for the best picture books & poetry of Spring 1999 and ideas for using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette 1999.
Last updated: Tuesday, October 07, 2008
Agee, John. Sit On A Potato Pan, Otis! Farrar, 1999.
A third book of palindromes cleverly illustrated.Activity: Introduce palindromes ( noon, mom etc) Challenge students to add to the list.
Greene, Carol. Sunflower Island. HarperCollins, 1999
Based on a ship that sank in the Wabash River in 1865, a little girl tells how an island arose from the wreckage.Activity: Brainstorm a list of things needed to live on a small island. Rank order from most to least needed.
Jonas, Ann. Bird Talk. Greenwillow, 1999.
Sixty three bird species talk their way through this funny backyard story.Activity: Ask students to count the different species of birds they see on the way to school.
Kay, Verla. Gold Fever. Putnam, 1999
Farmer Jaspar is off to California with dreams of gold. He takes his shovel. pick and lots of energy for the dirty, back-breaking work. But in the end, Jaspar has nothing to show for it. Maybe farming wasn't so bad
.Lewis, J. Patrick. The Bookworm's Feast. Dial, 1999
A potluck of poems served by by the greatest chef's of verse.
Lewis, J. Patrick. Night of the Goat Children. Dial, 1999
When outlaws descend on the tiny Kingdom Of Beda they are not prepared for the plans of the clever Princess Birgitta. With her cunning, the children's bravery and the bandits' superstition, Beda has a night it will never forget.
Madrigal, Antonio. Erandi's Braids. Putnam's, 1999
Erandi's family is poor. There is little money to fix the fishing net and no money for a birthday present. How Erandi copes and helps her family makes a tender story.
Rockwell, Anne. Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me? HarperCollins, 1999
A simple riddle book about things found in a garden.Activity: Play a desert, or forest or pond riddle game. List three clues about something found there. The third clue should be the easiest one.
Ross, Alice. Jezebel's Spooky Spot. Dutton, 1999
When she retreats to her spooky spot, Jezebel learns to look fear in the eye.
Swinburne, Stephen. Guess Whose Shadow? Boyds Mill Press, 1999
Children discover there's more to a shadow than meets the eye.