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Friday, November 20, 2009

Fiction -> Non-fiction for Kids

Rhyming text in "Max's Dragon" by Kate Banks, "Camping Day" by Patricia Lakin, and "The Visit" by Reeve Lindbergh starts with clever word usage but ends up with subtle literary lessons to be learned. For example, in "Max's Dragon" the main character is using his imagination to rhyme. The clouds in the sky become dragons and dinosaurs as they turn into storm clouds.

"Camping Day" rhymes by activities from the four campers, and even sometimes their names! But I love how the pages are divided visually by these characters and gives a feel of separation from one activity
to another.

"The Visit" introduces some new vocabulary through its rhyme for instance, "Hay barn and carriage barn, horse stable, stall. Beth climbs up high and looks out over all."

"Sleepy Book" by Charlotte Zolotow and "Hello, Bumblebee Bat" by Darrin Lunde are two non-fiction works that don't read like it. Zolotow uses lyrical descriptions for each animal's sleeping habits, where Lunde asks and answers questions with the bumblebee bat.

Then, two non-fiction reads that engaged three children 9, 7 & 5 were "Mustang Canyon" by Jonathan London and "How big is it?" by Ben Hillman. Reading about a colt's adventure in the wild and BIG things were captivating.

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