||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.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Agee, John. Sit On A
Potato Pan, Otis! Farrar, 1999.
- A third book of
palindromes ( noon, mom etc) Challenge
students to add to the list.
- Greene, Carol. Sunflower
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Madrigal, Antonio. Erandi's
- 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
- 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.