Category Archives: Humor

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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Rules by Cynthia Lord

This story is  told from the perspective of Catherine, the 12-year-old sister of David, an autistic 8-year-old. Catherine is dealing with finding a place in a family that seems to be centered around coping with David’s needs. Catherine’s mom is divided between managing a home business and providing David the care and therapy he needs.  Though Catherine’s parents are, in a way, neglectful of her needs, they aren’t portrayed as bad parents. For example, there are a number of times in the novel where David is  expecting…

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Simon and Molly plus Hester by Lisa Jahn-Clough

Simon and Molly plus Hester is a great book to read to school age children to teach them about friendship and solving disputes. This story begins by introducing two friends, Simon and Molly. Simon and Molly are best friends and do all sorts of fun things together. A new girl moves in and becomes their friend. Molly seems to love playing with Hester, the new girl, and it makes Simon feel jealous. He starts feeling that Molly likes Hester better than him. At the end…

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“I Yam A Donkey!” Author: Cece Bell

This book “I Yam a Donkey!” has been an enjoyable to book read. It is about a donkey that is confused with what he and another character is (a yam). The story goes back and forth with the two characters trying to understand each other and who they really are. My class enjoyed reading this book. We have read this book several times, and still find it to be quite humorous. My students have written and discussed what they liked about this book.  They have…

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Third Grade Angels by Jerry Spinelli

George “Suds” Morton has heard the chant “First grade babies! Second grade cats! Third grade angels! Fourth Grade rats!”  He didn’t  like being a baby or a cat, but he’s been waiting to be a third grade angel ever since he was in kindergarten.  When he finally arrives in third grade Mrs. Simms, his new third grade teacher,  announces that she will have a competition to see who would be the first kid in class to be awarded a halo.  All they have to do…

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The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith

This book is so much fun, my students loved the outlandish characters and twisted plots! The 10 stories in this book are a spin on the traditional Fairy Tales that kids of all ages are familiar with. The individual tales, such as The Really Ugly Duckling and Little Red Running Shorts, make for great read alouds and can be used to compare and contrast with the traditional stories that they relate to.    “I liked The Stinky Cheese Man because it was just like The…

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Flat Stanley Show and Tell by Jeff Brown

I use Flat Stanley to introduce the two dimensional figures concept to my class. We read the book and children were very aware of their three dimensional state compared with Stanley, who has became two dimensional due to an accident with the bulletin board in his class. My students predicted the shape his body parts would be, now in two dimension. Ex; Fingers became triangles, arms turned in to rectangles, as well as his legs.   My students and I had fun interacting with ideas and…

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Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

What a wonderful find! I can’t believe I had never read this book before. My students loved it, and so did I! The illustrations are so much fun, and the author’s words put great pictures in the readers’ minds. Gerald the giraffe inspires us to be ourselves and “dance to our own tune”. It is a great reminder of how each of us is special, no matter what our talent is. We need to celebrate and accept each individual’s uniqueness. If you want every child…

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We Are in a Book! Mo Willems

In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggy discover that they are characters in a book. The vocabulary is perfect for beginning readers, the story is interactive and funny. I can think of no greater tribute to the joy of reading than a book that invites the reader to step inside of it and interact one-on-one with the characters. Willems creates a wonderful read-aloud experience for kids reading to the adults in their lives, as well as for adults, like me, who read to…

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