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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?”


I Love You With All My Heart by Noris Kern

i-love-you-with-all-my-heart1Set in the North Pole, Polo the polar bear,  asks a caribou, a penguin, a sea lion, and a wolf how their mother loves them.

Each animal responds with a phrase that their mother loves them with all their wings, flippers, and teeth.

When Polo asks his own mother she says she loves him with all of her heart, her eyes, her fur, her nose, her mouth, her paws, and her heart.  This is a great book for winter or Valentine’s Day.

Sequencing:  Sequence the order in which the animals appear in the book.

Matching activity: Print clipart of each animal.  Write the part that their mothers love them with on tagboard,  and make a matching game with the animal and the part such as the penguin and the word, “wings” etc.

Potch & Polly by William Steig

potchThe strength of this book is the wonderful examples of figurative language and descriptive words.

Figurative language: “there was an angel with a clown’s face hovering over the bed” on the day that Potch was born which is saying that Potch is a very happy person most of the time.
Metaphor: Polly was a sugar bowl to Potch.

Alliteration:  The author uses an abundance of words beginning with the letter “p.”  He also uses other sounds for alliteration throughout the story.

Inference: Potch has a butler and servants.  We can infer that Potch is well off or rich.

Gammon, his butler, makes an inference that Potch is overweight when he says he should dress as a hippopotamus rather than a skeleton for the party.

Multiple meanings of words: “having a ball at the ball.”

Descriptive words: reluctantly, preternatural, smitten, ensconced

Predicting: Who will be in the box?

Hen Hears Gossip by Megan McDonald & The Secret by Lindsay Barrett George

hen-hearssecretFarm animals pass along some news from cow and get it all mixed up with other words that rhyme.

The story is a circle map in that it starts with the hen and cow and ends with the hen and cow.  The students do enjoy the humorous phrases that the animals pass along.  This book has a text-to-text connection with The Secret by Lindsay Barrett George.

The Secret is also a circle map story which begins with Mr. Snail and ends with Mr. Snail.  Mr. Snail tells Mouse a secret which is passed on from one animal to the other until it gets to Miss Snail who responds by saying, “Mr. Snail, I love you too!”  This is a sweet book for Valentine’s Day for first grade.

Sequencing: Students could sequence the order of how the secret is passed along.

Someone for Mr. Sussman by Patricia Polacco

Someone for Mr. SussmanThe idiom, “no pot is so crooked that there isn’t a lid to fit it,” is illustrated as a matchmaker attempts to make a match for herself.

The grandson in the story begins to draw the conclusion that his bubbie is interested in Mr. Sussman.  Identify the evidence that supports this conclusion.