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Bink & Gollie Two for One by Kate DiCamillo


Bink and Gollie, two friends, go to the state fair. At the fair they play a throwing game and enter a talent show. There’s a lot of humor as Bink throws wild balls and hits the game man three times. After each time he mixes up his words and acts stunned from being hit in the head with the ball. This is a great beginning reader for first, second, and third graders.

Schema: state fair games

Text-to-Self Connections: throwing games on the midway, visiting the fair, being in a talent show, stage fright

Point of View: Describe what happens at the Whack a Duck game from the game man’s point of view. What does Gollie mean when she says, “This fear this can only end in tragedy.”

Inferring: What clues do Madame Prunely notice on the girl’s clothes that give her an inference about what they have done at the fair? She sees the ribbon that says “participant” in the talent show and infers that Gollie was not a winner. She sees Bink’s button that says she lost at the whack a duck game.

Writing: What are some things you have seen at a fair? Did you win a prize? What about the school carnival? How is the school carnival like a fair?

Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack

Schema: Frogs, ponds

Inferring: What a fantastic book to use when teaching inferences! Almost wordless, except for the, “ah ha’s,” ┬áthe reader must infer the story and the tone of each “ah ha” by looking at the illustrations.

“Aahh!” infers pure happiness and joy as the little frog sits on a rock in the pond. Next a child captures the frog in a jar as a dog grins a happy “Ah Ha!” as it gotcha!

The frog is shown yelling “aahh!” as the boy pours him out of the jar. I infer the frog is a little frightened at this point.

Frog sighs with relief, “ah ha!” as he climbs on the back of a turtle, and the reader can infer that the frog may be thinking he is on a rock like in the beginning of the story.

The turtle pops his head out of the water with an “ah ha!” that may mean dinner!

Frog escapes with an, “aaahh!” before he’s eaten by the turtle.

Frog happily lands on what he infers to be a log with a relieved, “ah ha!” only to find he is on the back of an alligator who is thinking, “ah ha!” We can infer the alligator is thinking about a snack.

Just before the alligator’s teeth snap shut on the frog, he jumps away with an, “aahh!” of fear.

At this point, even the youngest reader is inferring that what the frog lands on is not a blade of grass. Maybe it’s a snake? But no, now he’s landed on the leg of a hungry flamingo whose beak is open with a yummy, “ah ha!” The frog is too quick for the flamingo as he jumps away just in time for the flamingo to bite his own leg with a painful, “aahh!” As three predators chase the frog, he once again finds himself inside the child’s jar, but we can infer he’s not too unhappy about it since he’s being saved from the turtle, flamingo, and the alligator. The child exclaims an excited “ah ha!” as he admires his catch in the jar. As the child is walking away with the frog in the jar, frog says, “ha ha” to his predators. Can we infer taunting?

The lid falls off of the jar as the child is walking so the frog says “ah ha,” as he finds his freedom once more, and says a relaxing, “aahh!” as he lounges in the pond once again.