||Nancy's picks for the best picture books &
poetry of fall 1998 and ideas for using them in the
classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 1998.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Falwell, Cathryn. Word
Clarion Books, 1998. Gr K-3
- Get set for an anagram
adventure! With her magic spoon, Anna
makes letters tumble and scramble as she
and young Zack set out to discover the
amazing power of words.
- ACTIVITY: Spell these
words backwards and see what you get.
Choose one of the words and illustrate
both spellings. EX: star spelled
backwards=rats. Try: pals, step, pat,
- Godwin, Laura. Little
White Dog. Illus. by Dan Yaccarino.
Hyperion, 1998. Gr PreK-2
- A visual literacy tour
where the reader must find Little White
Dog and his friends, Little Blue Bird,
Little Green Bug, Little Brown Horse,
Little Yellow Chick and Little Black Cat.
- ACTIVITY: Create a picture
with a hidden object. Challenge friends
to find it.
- Johnson, Lindsay Lee. Hurricane
Henrietta. Illus. by Wally Neibart. Dial
1998. Gr K-3
- Henrietta's hair is so
long that kids play in it, a guinea pig
gets lost in it and a hurricane twists it
until it rains eggplants and rutabagas.
Her mother wars her that at camp, birds
and squirrels will nest in it. But
Henrietta is determined to stay famous
for something she has never done....cut
- ACTIVITY: Evaluate:
Reasons to have long hair. Reasons not to
have long hair. Try for an equal number
of reasons for each.
- Kahn, Rukhsana. The
Roses in My Carpets. Illus. by Ronald Himler.
Holiday House, 1998. Gr 2-6
- An Afghanistan boy lives
in a mud hut, hauls water, goes hungry in
a refugee camp but in his beautiful
carpets he weaves another world.
- ACTIVITY: Find Afghanistan
on a map. Search the newspaper for news
from that country.Create a carpet design
on paper that would show the kind of
future world you want to live in.
- Krupinski, Loretta. Best
Hyperion, 1998. Gr 2-4
- In the Kansas wilderness
of the 1870s Charlotte makes friends with
the Indian girl, Lily. When she learns
that the soldiers plan to drive Lily and
her tribe from their home to a
reservation, Charlotte and her mother
devise a plan to save the tribe.
- ACTIVITY: Describe the
Kansas prairie using this pattern:
- Line 1 One word for the
- Line 2 Two words that
describe the title
- Line 3 Three words that
- Line 4 Four words that
Earth's expression of time
- Roth, Susan L. Cinnamon's
A Gerbil Adventure. Dial, 1998. Gr Pre
- A baby
gerbil escapes from its cage and climbs a
mountain (top of its cage),crosses a
street (counter), sees a wolf (straw
dog),goes to a pond (bowl of water) and
has other adventures before being
returned to its cage.
List the things gerbil did (ex: climbed a
mountain, rode on a train) Choose two and
sing then In a London Bridge song.
- EX: Little
gerbil climbed a mountain, climbed a
mountain, climbed a mountain. Little
gerbil climbed a mountain AND rode on a
- Rylant, Cynthia. The
Bird House. Illus. by Barry Moser, Blue
Sky/Scholastic, 1998. Gr 1-3
- A homeless girl watches
day after day as birds surround the old
woman's house by the river. Then one day,
without warning, the birds take flight
and change the girl's life forever.
- ACTIVITY: Summarize the
tale as an acrostic using the letters in
- Shannon, Margaret. Gullible's
Troubles. Houghton Mifflin, 1998. K-3
- Gullible Guineapig will
believe almost anything you tell
him...that eating carrots will make you
invisible and that there are monsters in
- ACTIVITY:Fool your
friends. Think of three facts about
yourself and make up three things that
aren't true.Create a Fact & Fiction
Book About Me. Make a statement on one
page and tell why it is true or not true
on the next page.