||Nancy's picks for the best picture books &
poetry of Spring 2000 and ideas for using them in the
classroom. Compiled by Nancy Polette © 2000.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
- Anderson, Lena. Tea for
& S Books, 2000 Pre K-1
- A delightful counting book
that begins with hedgehog at home waiting
for visitors so she won't be "just
one." Uncle Will arrives making two
and followed by Elephant, Duck, Teddy and
a host of others to make ten, all sitting
around Hedgehog's table drinking tea and
eating cookies. Activity: Suppose
Hedgehog had ten cookies and five
visitors. How many would each one get?
Ask more math questions relating to the
number of visitors and cookies.
- Dunrea, Oliver. Appearing
Tonight! Mary Heather Elizabeth
Farrar, 2000. Gr 1-3
- Mary Heather is a star by
the age of three, appearing nightly on
stage to sing and recite. She longs for
an ordinary life and eats and eats until
she literally outgrows stardom.
Eventually A world who rejects her
because of her appearance learns to
accept her as a person with unique
gifts.Activity: Each child has a talent,
identify the talent of each child in the
class and compile a class book where each
child illustrates and labels his or her
talent. Talents might be: kind,
organized, brave, good worker, neat, good
- Gorbachev, Valeri. Peter's
North-South Books, 2000
- All the animals tell Peter
what he should do with his picture. What
advice will you give?
- Krudop, Walter Lyon. The Man
Who Caught Fish. Farrar, 2000 Gr 1-3
- A stranger gives away the
fish he catches to "One person, one
fish." The king insists on more but
receives only one fish. Not even prison
will change the stranger's mind. A tale
from Thailand that shows the consequences
of pride. Activity: Create a Venn Diagram
that shows the differences in Thai
customs from those of the children in the
class. Use the illustrations as a guide.
- Mandel, Peter. Say Hey!
A Song of Willie Mays. Illus. by Don Tate. Hyperion,
- The career of this famous
baseball player told on rhythmic text
with repeating patterns.
- Schnur, Steven. Night
illus. by Stacey Schuett. Farrar, 2000.
- A little girl counts one
light in her room, two amber blinking
clocks, three burning logs, four candles
and finally the night sky with a million
stars. Activity: Create a 1-10 counting
book by observing items in the classroom
- Winnick, Karen B. Sybil's
Boyds Mill Pres, 2000 Gr 2-4
- A true story of a young
girl who risks darkness and danger to
warn troops that the British are
invading. Activity: Trace her ride on the
map found in the book.
- Watts, Bernadette. The Lion
and the Mouse. North-South Books, 2000
- The age-old fable retold
with a jungle setting.
- Wormell, Mary. Why Not? Farrar, 2000 Pre K-2
- An excellent repeating
pattern book where a kitten tries to
chase and scare all the farm animals
despite his mother's scolding, Activity:
List the farm animals from the book. Let
children find two alike and one different
and write three sentences. Example:A
horse has four legs. A pig has four legs.
A rooster does not have four legs.