Tag Archives: Predicting

El Perro con Sombrero meets Los Gatos con Gelatos: A Bilingual Doggy Tale by Derek Taylor Kent

Schema: Working on homework, forgetting homework at home, playing with dog, taking care of pets, responsibilities

Text-to-Self: doing homework, playing with pets

Predicting: After events in the story, the reader is asked, “What would Pepe do?” This engages the reader throughout the story.

Characterization: Talk about Pepe’s traits. He puts others before himself as he stops to help the little bird and the dog. He has confidence and determination as he tries to climb a tree. He’s smart and creative in the way he gets the soccer players to come to the car. He’s brave in the way he fights to get the homework away from the cat.

Cause and Effect: Because Pepe helped rescue the dog, the effect is the dog chases the gang of cats away.

The illustrations are lively and animated and will capture the interest of young readers and listeners.
The text is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. The pages are slick and thick and the binding is better than trade.

Hoot Owl Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor

Schema: Costumes, camouflage, owls, books where characters are disguised

Text-to-Self-Connections: being sneaky, owls

Text-to-Text Connections: Twig by Aura Parker

Predicting: Repetitive phrases will entertain young readers. “It doesn’t work,” is repeated after each attempt by the owl.

This is a humorous and entertaining book for readers of all ages, but young primary students will love the suspense and repetition the most. The illustrations by Jean Jullien are animated will hold the attention of the youngest of readers.

Compare and Contrast: Find a nonfiction book about owls and pair it with this one for a discussion about what a real owl versus Hoot Owl would do.

One Day I Went Rambling by Kelly Bennett

What a creative and thought-provoking, rhyming book for both adults and children!

As an elementary school librarian who reads books aloud to children every day, I can see this one as a book that will capture their attention because there is substance here that will connect with their prior knowledge to make this book worthy of their time. I predict that this title will be on several award lists this year. Readers are challenged to use their imaginations to repurpose and recycle objects that they own or discover on their path.

The illustrations, created by Terri Murphy, and names of the characters are multi-ethnic featuring children of all races. The expressions show joy, contentment, and pure fun as they “ramble” around the neighborhood. Even the kid who makes fun at first is motivated to join in the fun.

Schema: repurposing
Text-to-Self: Can you think of something you have re-used as a pencil container? Ever made a jewelry box from an egg carton?
Text-to-Text: Oliver by Birgitta Sif; Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Compare and Contrast: How is each “find” similar and different from what they imagine it to be?
Mental Image: Can you imagine the “find” being what they imagine it to be?
Predicting: Try predicting what the items on the last page might be used for. There is an illustration, but no text so the reader has to use his or her imagination to infer or predict what these could be used for.
Synthesis: Can you think of other things their “finds” could be? Can you think of something you see that could be like something else? Think about the places you like to play and what you have played with there. I remember as a child playing house inside a group of Cedar trees where there was a small clearing in the middle of them. It was like nature made me my own playhouse.
Extension: Do a search on the Internet to find how people have repurposed what might be trash to some people into useful or artistic objects.

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Oh No! by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann and Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

Schema: When things don’t go right or the way we want them to go

Text-to-Text: Both books share the “oh, no!” phrase for similar reasons

Figurative Language: Fleming’s book adapts naturally to the song “Frog Went A-Courting” with rhyming words.

Problem Solving: Both stories have a problem that is solved with either self-control or help.

Predicting: With Oh No George! students can predict what George will do with each challenge.

Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley

Schema: dogs, boots

Text-to-Text Connections: Puss in Boots

Predicting: After reading about the dog getting an idea–he will look for some boots

After each set of boots–predict what kind of boot or shoe the shopkeeper will tell him to try next

Before turning the last page, predict what the shopkeeper will say are the perfect solution for his shoe problems

Synthesis: Create a story together about a dog who tries to dress like Red Riding Hood. What types of problems could he face with the hood and cape? He might try several different types of clothing before he discovers that his fur is the best thing for him to wear.


Henry’s Heart: A Boy, His Heart, and a New Best Friend by Charise Mericle Harper

Schema: human heart functions, love

Informational Literature: much factual information about the function of the heart is included. Information about foods, exercise, and the function of the parts of the heart are included in the story.

Personification: Henry’s heart is depicted with some human features with eyes a mouth and feelings.

Henry falls in love with a puppy. We finally have an author who thinks about the chaos that is caused by a nude body part and includes a fig leaf to cover that part in the illustration of Henry’s body. This would be a fun book to read around Valentine’s Day.

Cause and Effect: Henry’s heart is effected by the different causes that occur in the story. His heart reacts to the different stimuli with a fast or slow beat.

Drawing Conclusions and Inferring: What do you conclude Henry has fallen in love with when you read the description of the “girl?”


Doodleday by Ross Collins

Schema: drawing

Text-to-Text Connections: obeying parents

Text-to-Text Connection: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Large font and colorful, but simple drawings make this a super read aloud. The plot sequence lends itself to teaching predicting. A young boy is about to draw when his mother says that no one draws on this particular day, Doodleday. He disobeys and begins to draw a fly which flies off of the page and is huge! He then draws a spider to eat the fly, then a bird to eat the spider. The text-to-text connection with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly will be noticed.  Young listeners will love the story and art.

Cause and Effect: Because he draws a fly, the effect is that he must draw a spider to eat the fly…

Because he disobeys his mother, the effect is the disasters that occur.

Predicting: What will he draw next? Do you think he will draw on Doodleday next year?

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan

Schema: waiting, obeying,  favorite foods, making healthy choices,  tantrums

Text-to-text connection: Where the Wild Things Are by Sendak

Point of View: The story is told from Betty’s POV.

Thoughtful  language and detailed illustrations come together to create a book about patience and manners that does  not talk down to children. The feeling and lesson this story conveys will connect with young readers and listeners. The concept of patience is difficult to explain to young children, and the author and illustrator have done an excellent job. It’s wonderful to come across a children’s book that is as strong as this one.   Betty Bunny is determined to get her way, but she listens, tries, and learns, and  grows.   The mother in the story is a great role model and example of patience as she uses appropriate language and examples to explain patience to Betty.

Cause and Effect: Because of Betty’s behavior, the effect is that she is sent to her room without her cake.

Predicting: What do you predict will happen to the cake in Betty’s sock?

Synthesis: Ask students to share some examples of when they have had to be patient.  What is patience like?  What can we do to show that we are being patient?



The Desperate Dog Writes Again by Eileen Christelow

Schema: families, new moms and dads, getting a second pet, accepting change

Text-to-text connections: Detective LaRue books by Teague, and Help Me, Mr. Mutt! by Stevens

Emma, owned by George, and Hankie, owned by Loretta, are worried about what is happening to their owners, each thinking the other’s owner may be trying to kidnap their own owner, when in fact, they are dating.  To solve the problem they write to an advise column, Ask Queenie.  The setting for writing e-mails is at the public library. The art incorporates picture book and graphic formats with many frames of dialogue along with full page art.

Point of View:  The story is told from George’s dog, Emma’s POV.

Drawing Conclusions: George and Emma both conclude that their owners need help.  Find text evidence that supports their conclusions.

Synthesis:  Share situations that are like Emma’s such as when a parent begins dating, getting a new brother or sister, when a new pet is added to the home and how the other pets react

Predicting: Predict what Loretta will do after she gets the dogs out of the dumpster…bath time!