Category Archives: Fantasy

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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Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judy Schachner

Skippyjon is an interesting character. He is a Siamese Cat that thinks or wants to be a Chihuahua. This silly “Gatito” has captured the love of my students. The author uses very complex words. As part of our lessons, we have been learning context clues and using them to understand those words.  My boys find it hilarious in this specific book that the “Chihuala” or “Poochito” is not interested one bit about a fairy tale chosen by his sisters Jezebel and Jujubee. He does not…

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The Pig Who Saved The Day by: Thomas Crawford

In the book “The Pig Who Saved the Day” author Thomas Crawford introduces Herman, a fun and delightful Pig who just arrived at the Millers Farm. Herman is excited to meet his new friends in the barn, but soon discovers that the other animals are not happy at all to meet him!  After hearing mumbles and groans about  being dirty and listening to all the things that he can’t do, Herman feels crushed and doesn’t want to be somewhere he isn’t wanted. Then everything changes as he sees a wolf enter their barn…

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The Crayon Box That Talked by Shane Derolf

This book is a favorite of mine to read to my students. The book is about a box of crayons that do not like each other. A little girl buys the crayon box and takes it home. She decides to draw a picture using the crayons and of course she needs different colors to create her picture. After she is done with her drawing, the crayons see the picture that they have all helped create. The crayons then realize that beautiful and great things can…

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears edited by Lesley Sims

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a lively picture book retelling of the popular fairy tale. Goldilocks was always naughty from the first thing in the morning and all through the day and into the night. She never, ever did what she was told. When her mother asks her to go to the village for some bread and added “Go straight there.” Goldilocks soon wondered off into the forest. The story recounts the familiar story of Goldilocks entering the house of the Three Bears and…

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Quillworker A Cheyenne Legend by Terri Cohlene

This about is about a Cheyenne girl named Quillworker. Her skills in embroidery were magnificent. She had a dream about making 7 warrior’s outfits. In her dreams she was told to go to the tipi of the 7 brothers in a far away land. She found the tipi and gave the 7 brothers the beautiful warrior’s outfits. She stayed with them and became their sister. Later on a buffalo calf came and demanded Quillworker to come with him, but the brothers said no! Then the…

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The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything By Linda Williams

This is a story about an old lady who is walking home through the forest and encounters items following her.  This is one of my all time favorite books to read during the month of October.  It’s easy to build suspense throughout the read aloud  and make the story come alive with all the sound motions found in it.    Students will retell the sequence of events using a thinking map.  In addition to this, students will categorize nouns ( the garments) and verbs (the actions…

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The BFG by Roald Dahl

The BFG, Big Friendly Giant, is about an orphan girl Sophie who was kidnapped by a giant. At the beginning Sophie didn’t trust the BFG but as the story progresses she begins to love him and find true friendship in him. It has lots of make-believe words that students can use context clues to relate them to words we use today, such as whizpoppers. This book is extremely engaging and entertaining and is written in a way that creates beautiful imagery in ones mind. Very…

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The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano

The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin, is a book that my class has enjoyed and learned from.  It is a book that teaches a very  important lesson.  In the beginning of the story, the other “normal” round pumpkins make fun of Spookley because of his different appearance.  Spookley ends up saving many other pumpkins in a storm.  His square shape is instumental in saving them.  At the end, the author writes that “maybe we should not judge a book, or a pumpkin, by it’s…

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On My Way to School by Wong Herbert Yee

On My Way to School by Wong Herbert Yee is a fiction selection that  rhymes. My students loved the story. They laughed so hard listening to it. The main idea is  a funny story where you have animals making a boy late to school. The author is telling about a boy’s trip to school one day. The author tells about several things that happen to the boy on his way to school throughout the story. The phrase “On my way to school ” keeps repeating…

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