Category Archives: Humor

Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

This story is about animals that live on a hill by an old house. The house has been empty because of a lack of “Folks”, so the animals are having a hard time finding food. The animals hear that new Folks are coming and they are excited and worried, at the same time. That make a lot of assumptions about the new Folks, which makes for a great story. The animals are interesting and likable characters. The story has a theme of showing compassion towards…

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Never Talk to Strangers By Irma Joyce Illustrated by S. D. Schindler

I recommend that children read this book. In addition , teachers can use it as a Read A Loud.  The main point of this story is to tell children not to talk to strangers.  The book has very good illustrations that are accurate and colorful.   The story itself is very entertaining.  It utilizes rhymes as well as sending a message.   I like the fact that the author used animals as the strangers.   Example:  If you are shopping in a store   And a spotted leopard leaps…

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The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

This book has been one of my favorites since I was in second grade. I love the pictures, the faces of the bull fighters and of course the lovable bull, Ferninand. We read the book in chorus the first time, then the second time we acted out the scenes,with everyone wanting to be Ferdinand. I also taught a mini lesson on verbs using this book. Looking at all the verbs, we acted out the verbs in addition to finding them. I truly recommend that everyone …

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Frindle by Andrew Clements

Nick Allen is a 5th grader who has an overactive imagination.  When Nick was in the third grade, he changed his classroom  into a tropical paradise. Then , in fourth grade, he taught his classmates to imitate the calls of blackbirds.  Now that Nick is in the fifth grade, he has a new teacher.Nick  challenges her by renaming an ordinary ink pen as Frindle.  Frindle frenzy breaks out all over town, and Nick becomes rich.  Many years later Nick learns that his 5th grade teacher…

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Goldie Rocks and the Three Bears by Beth Coulton and Corey Rosen Schwartz

Goldie rocks and the three bears is a spin- off of the old classic, Goldilocks and the Three Bears. However, it adds a little flare of modern-day rock ‘n’ roll. The three bears have a band and they are looking for a lead singer to liven- up the group. They audition several characters from other classic children’s stories. This story has many teaching opportunities. It has rhyming patterns on all pages and a rhythm in the words. It offers a nice opportunity for teachers who…

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Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon is an  adorable,  enticing, fun filled story for all readers. It all starts off with Duck who lives on a farm getting a wild idea ,” I bet I could ride a bike!” So that’s exactly what he does. He starts off a little unsure on how to ride the bike  until his confidence evolves as he passes many different animals during his little adventure.  During Duck’s ride, Shannon captures the many  different personalities of the animals with…

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There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves! By Lucille Colandro

What can you make from leaves, clothes, a pumpkin and rope? That’s right, a scarecrow! We loved reading this book, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!! It’s a takeoff on the old song, There was an old lady who swallowed a fly…. However, in this book the readers are left wondering why she is swallowing all of these “autumn” items.” Thinking of swallowing all of these things leaves you gasping, imagining the difficulty of swallowing these items. Achoo, and …well, you have…

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Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin Pictures by Betsy Lewin

The story,” Giggle, Giggle, Quack” is the humorous story about a farmer who goes on vacation and leaves his brother in charge of the farm animals. In the instructions to his brother, farmer Brown warns that he must keep an on the duck. Farmer Brown does all that is requested of his brother, however; without his knowledge the duck has revised all of the instructions to suit some very elaborate needs. As farmer Brown goes through the list of such things as pizza delivery, movie…

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Not Norman by Kelly Bennett

My students and myself enjoyed this cute story about a little boy who receives a goldfish named Norman. Norman is not the kind of pet the little boy had in mind of getting or keeping. When the little boy tries to trade Norman for a “good” pet, things don’t go as he planned, but the little boy soon learns and realized that Norman is a better pet than he thought. This story kept my students engaged and the illustrations were big, bright and entertaining. It…

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