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Eric Carle and Friends: What’s Your Favorite Animal? by 14 children’s artists


Schema: Think about what is your favorite animals and why.

Text-to-Self Connections: Which animals in the book would be your favorite?

Making Mental Images: Try to imagine Eric Carle’s cat running up and down the hall with a green bean.

Idioms: “How’s the weather up there?” Have you ever heard this said to a person who is very tall?

Inferences: On the Mo Willems’ page do you infer that the snake has eaten the Amazonian Neotropical Lower River Tink-Tink?

Text-to-Text Connections: On the Peter Sis page he talks about in how people plan to eat carp every Christmas. I have read Merry Christmas, Strega Nona, by Tomie DePaola many, many times and did not realize that this was a widely practiced tradition in Italy and well as the Czech Republic.

Text-to-Text: Duck by Jon Klassen, Can you think of a book about a duck who likes to trick somebody? (Mo Willems’ Duckling books The Duckling Gets a Cookie

On Chris Raschka’s page, what other animals leave something of themselves behind? Starfish, turtles, shark’s teeth, animals we use to make clothing

Characterization: Nick Bruel’s page features his favorite animal, the Octopus, but his own character, Bad Kitty, interrupts his graphic story and gets a gift from Eric Carle. What are some of Bad Kitty’s character traits?

Writing: Write a short paragraph modeled after Peter McCarty’s paragraph about his pet bunny. Tell about your pet or a relative’s pet. What’s your favorite animal from the book?

Princess Patty Meets Her Match by Charise Mericle Harper

Schema: Princess fairy tales

Text-to-Text Connections: Cinderella, Princess and the Pea, Snow White, Rapunzel

Princess Patty decides to be proactive in finding her prince. As she travels, she meets princes who are looking for their princess, and with each one, Princess Patty sees their flaws and knows they are not for her.

Before leaving her castle, Princess Patty selects some items to take with her. She gives these items away to the people she meets on her journey. Character traits such as thoughtfulness, generosity, compassion, and helpfulness are demonstrated as she chooses one of her items to give away. The point is not lost on the reader as we learn what traits in a prince are important to Patty.

Characterization: As Patty gives her items away, the author states that Patty is showing a character trait such as compassion.

Sequencing: List the order of the princes Patty meets

Synthesis: What traits would you look for in a prince or princess?