||Nancy's picks for the best picture books &
poetry of November and December 1998 and ideas for
using them in the classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette ©
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Cyrus, Kurt. SLOW
TRAIN TO OXMOX. Farrar, 1998. Gr K-3
- Edwin Blink is in a rush
but by mistake boards the slow train to
Oxmox. As the train meets more and more
obstacles Edwin pulls with the other
passengers to help so that the
destination is reached.
- Dobrin, Arthur.LOVE
YOUR NEIGHBOR: Stories of Values and Virtues.
Scholastic, 1998 Gr 2-4
- Original animal fables
with themes of tolerance, prejudice, love
and freedom, each ending with a question
for the reader to ponder.
- Gerrard, Roy. THE
ROMAN TWINS. Farrar, 1998. Gr 2-4
- Twins who seem doomed to
be slaves begin a quest for freedom that
involves a dramatic escape, a chariot
race, and a threatened invasion of Rome.
- Hindley, Judy. THE
BEST THING ABOUT A PUPPY. Candlewick, 1998. (Gr K-2)
- A good pattern book. The
good thing about a puppy is...the bad
- Hodges, Margaret. UP
THE CHIMNEY. Holiday House, 1998. (Gr 2-4)
- A young girl becomes a
helper to a witch and is told she must
never look up the chimney.
- Johnston, Tony. BIGFOOT
CINDERRRRRELLA. Putnams, 1998. (Gr 1-4)
- Bigfoot prince is ready to
choose his bride. He hopes she will be
just like him, a big, hairy, odoriferous
nature lover. Rrrrrella is a perfect
match, but can she get past her nasty
stepsisters and reach the fun fest in
time to win the prince's heart?
- Kinter, Judith. KING
OF MAGIC, MAN OF GLASS. Clarion, 1998.(Gr 2-4)
- When Rudolph receives
enough money from the Man of Glass to
live like a king he is filled with joy.
But is all this money that allows him
whatever he wishes really a good thing?
- Munsch, Robert. RIBBON
Scholastic, 1998. Gr K-3
- 'I'm late, I'm lost! I'm
late. I'm lost!' cries a groom, a bride,
the ring bearer and the wedding guests.
Jillian saves the day by sharing ribbons
from her new dress.
- McCully, Emily Arnold. AN
OUTLAW THANKSGIVING. Dial, 1998 (Gr 2-4)
- Butch Cassidy and the wild
west come alive in a real Thanksgiving in
Brown's Hole, Utah in 1896.
- Roberts, Bethany. FOLLOW
Clarion, 1998. (Gr K-3)
- A colorful introduction to
sea creatures as well as a fun counting
- Sciszka, Jon & Lane
Smith. SQUIDS WILL BE SQUIDS. Viking, 1998. ( Gr 2-6)
- A fresh twist on fables
with unusual morals.
- Wells, Rosemary. YOKO. Scholastic, 1998. ( Gr K-2)
- When Yoko goes to school
everything is fine until lunchtime when
the children make fun of her sushi. The
other children turn their noses up at
strange foods until everyone brings a
dish for International Foods Day.
- Woodruff, Elvira. CAN
YOU GUESS WHERE WE'RE GOING? Holiday House, 1998.( Gr K-2)
- Guess: where would you
find monkeys, mountains, knights,
dragons, fish and dinosaurs?
- Woodrruff, Elvira. THE
MEMORY COAT. Scholastic, 1998.( Gr 2-5)
- Grisha refuses to replace
his tattered coat to pass through Ellis
Island since it was made by his mother
and holds the memory of her love.
- Wyeth, Sharon.
SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL. Doubleday, 1998. Gr K-3)
- A little girl tries to
find something beautiful beyond the scary
sidewalk sights where she lives.Activity:
List the letters in beautiful as an