Posted tagged ‘Beginning Readers’

Cut to the Humor

February 23, 2017

Humor:  The quality of being amusing or comic, especially as expressed in literature or speech; a mood or state of mind.

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We Are Growing! is a beginning reader written and illustrated by Laurie Keller. Some people (adults) may not find this book humorous. Kids certainly will. I, an adult with a child-like sense of humor, find this book hilarious! The main characters are seven blades of grass and one weed that grow. If you can’t see the humor in grass and a weed growing, then you don’t know Laurie Keller and her work. Ms. Keller’s artistic expression shines in the distinctive personalities she gives to each of her characters. To further convey humor, she incorporates various elements – onomatopoeic words, speech bubbles, and superlative forms of words used by the main characters to describe themselves. And then there are those cute little bugs that make an appearance. When the blades of grass realize they’re growing in very different ways, they each find a quality that makes them exceptional in one way or another. Only one blade of grass can’t decide what he is. Time is of the essence because there is a loud buzzing noise headed for the grass. (The horror of it all!) Don’t worry. In the end, all turns out well. With spare text and repetition, this is a perfect book for beginning readers, but don’ let the simplicity of it fool you. This book is as much for adults as it is for children. Kids will see it as silly, and if you’re an adult, subliminal layers of humor are there for the taking. Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie characters give this book a great send-off and an “end-off.” As Elephant and Piggie say, “This book is the FUNNIEST!”

By the way, Laurie Keller’s book We Are Growing! won the 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader. Who’s laughing now?

 

 

 

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Make a Friend Day

February 11, 2016

Everyone needs a friend.

A friend is someone who accepts you for who you are and still likes you.

A friend laughs with you and cries with you.

A friend is always there for you.

In order to have a friend, you must be a friend.

Today is Make a Friend Day. If you see someone who might need a special someone in their life, put yourself out there and give them a chance. It’s a win-win for all!

“There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.” ~Thomas Aquinas

Children need to know how to make friends, too. The books below deal with friendship and are wonderful resources to share with young children.

Picture Books:

Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

The Other Side written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E. B. Lewis

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat

Non-fiction Picture Book:

Owen & Mzee: The True Story of a Remarkable Friendship by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig M. Hatkoff, and Paula Kahumbu

Beginning Readers:

Frog and Toad Are Friends written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel

Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole written and illustrated by Wong Herbert Yee

Cork and Fuzz  written by Dori Chaconas and illustrated by Lisa McCue

Sam and the Firefly written and illustrated by P. D. Eastman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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