Category Archives: FICTION

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlotte’s Web is a fictional story that lends itself the opportunity to expand and explore using your imagination. A young girl named Fern saves a pig’s life that was on the verge of being butchered due to his size. Fern convinces her father to allow her to raise the pig. When the pig reached a large size the pig was moved to a barn filled with animals whom Fern developed friendships with. The animals feared Wilbur would be butchered during the upcoming holiday season. In…

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Turk and Runt by LisaWheeler

This book is a fiction book that I have used every year while teaching second grade, as it is one of my favorite books. This book is a comedy about a family of turkeys. Turk, is a strong bird whom his parents believe that he must be chosen for Thanksgiving, yet are clueless as to why different people are coming to choose the perfect turkey. The younger brother, Runt, is the only one who knows the purpose of the visit and does his best to…

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Stellaluna by Janell Cannon

Every night a mother fruit bat searches for food while clutching Stellaluna, tightly. One night an owl attacks and Stellaluna’s mother loses her grip on her baby, who falls and lands in a bird’s nest.  Stellaluna then must learn to live life as a feathered bird.  It isn’t until fate takes an unexpected turn that Stellaluna is able to figure how she should be pursuing her life at a fruit bat-not a bird. Stellaluna is a wonderful book that teaches valuable lessons about learning the…

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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey

This text is a collection of stories representing each of the 7 Habits of Leadership made popular by Stephen R. Covey.  In kid-friendly language, the characters of Seven Oaks have adventures and experiences that help them share character education that  can be connected to children’s own lives.  There are lively illustrations and notes to parents to help families connect and discuss the positive messages.

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The Dead Family Diaz by P.J. Bracegirdle

This is a summary of a story about family, fiestas, and friendship.  It has colorful illustrations.  My students enjoyed the book. The Family Diaz was going to celebrate the Day of the Dead at the the Land of the Living. The living humans were friends with the Family Diaz.They used an elevator to get to the Land of the Living. On their way there Angelito got lost and meet Pablo, who was wearing a skull mask. They both ran away from a parade and  when…

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Belle Prater’s Boy

Student’s are able to make connections with the young boy Woodrow; living with his grandparents and being awkward. They also enjoyed and make connections with trust, judgment and acceptance.   Woodrow’s mother, Belle Prater disappears, so he goes to live with his grandparents, in Coal Station, Virginia.  Next door lives his cousin Gypsy, who lost her father.   Although she is the town beauty, she has hidden sorrows of her own,  Gypsy is curious as to what happened to Belle Prater (her aunt) and is…

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Seedfolks by Paul Fleishman

   Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman is a 12-chapter book with 12 different characters. The common factor to these main characters is their neighborhood, which is dilapidated and riddled with gangs and violence. Each chapter has an individual plot, but all main characters are joined by the setting which is a vacant lot and low-income apartment complex. The book is great for teaching theme and character development. The characters are influenced by their common goal, which is to clean the vacant lot and begin to garden.…

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Esperanza Rising by Pam Muñoz Ryan

This book is about a young girl who went from growing up in a wealthy home, and becoming poor when she had to migrate with her family to the United States and face the struggles of living in a new culture, working in the fields, and the death of a loved one. Highly recommend it! Students enjoy it when I have read it with them! It helps students learn about diversity and to embrace their culture no matter what that may be.

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The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble

My students really enjoyed this book. This is a great read aloud for vocabulary building, comprehension and for students to predict and elaborate their thoughts on the story. For example I asked my students-Would you leave your family and go live with a herd of horses?.   This book received the Caldecott Medal in 1979.  This story is about a girl (her name was never given) who loves to see the wild horses-so much that she gets lost in a storm and then comes to the…

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