Thursday, February 09, 2006

Blog # 3 Picture Storybooks

The Fortune Tellers by Lloyd Alexander, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
The illustrator used a wide variety of color and space to illustrate the book. Her use of color really helps create the story. Every picture looks like a picture from a painting or a real-life scene in an African town. She also takes advantage of using the whole page when illustrating the pictures. Every single space is used with beautiful colors. She also added a lot of little detail that really helps depicts the story.
This book is a fairly easy-to-read book, so a 1st or 2nd grader would be able to read this. There might be a few difficult words to sound out, but overall it’s an easy book to read. This would be a good book to read out loud to the class because of all the good pictures and colors.

The Widow’s Broom by Chris Van Allsburg
The use of color is done uniquely. He uses a charcoal media that provides a light creative look to the pictures. It looks like he used just one color and created all these images with the charcoal. It gives the story that witch feeling. Witches are supposed to be black and dark and his use of charcoal makes the book a little mysterious, but not dark or scary. The author/illustrator does a great job with the charcoal.
This story is fairly long so either 3rd or 4th graders could read it. There aren’t a lot of difficult words, but b/c of the length 1st or 2nd graders might get bored reading the story. This would also be a good book to read out loud to the students, so they could all look at the use of charcoal and a more dark color used in a story.

Oh’ the Places you’ll go! By Dr. Seuss
Dr. Seuss uses his pictures to tell the story in a creative and unique approach. He only uses a certain amount of colors, but he uses them in different ways throughout the whole story. The shapes he uses are also a dynamic aspect of the story. The pictures are all so different, you can’t help but look at them. His drawings are so simple but at the same time so complex. He does drawing that no one would ever think of and that’s one reason why his books are so popular.
This book can be read at any age. The rhyming is simple for younger students to read and the meanings can be interpreted by older students. This is a good book to give to graduating high school/college students because of the message given. Some of the words might be hard to read, so it would be a good book to read out loud to students.

Round Trip by Ann Jones
I don’t know what it’s exactly called but Ann Jones uses the power of perception in her pictures. I think its called proximity. You really have to open your mind in order to see the pictures, which tell the whole story. She only uses black and white but in order to really see the pictures, black and white are the only necessary colors in this story.
I think this book can be used in most grades. Not as a reading tool, but an introduction to art where they have to draw a picture like the ones drawn. Reading wise, I think kindergarteners or 1st graders could read this. The words are simple and easy.

Cloud Dance by Thomas Locker
The clouds in this book are so beautiful. The pictures are painted beautiful colors and designs. The textures of the pictures are so different. Each picture has a different use of color and image. Thomas Locker must have painted these pictures from a real life sky images, and he does a great job. Even though the story is about clouds, he doesn’t keep out the other objects, like trees and people in his paintings. Every detail makes these pictures even greater. He did a great job.
This is an easy to read book, so 1st graders could read this. The words are simple and easy. This would be a good book to use in an art class, if the students want to paint the sky as well.

Subira Subira by Tololwa M. Mollel, illustrated by Linda Saport
The illustrator uses a great use of color and pictures, and it sets a mood to the whole story. The use of color and textures in this story is great. It seems like every page has a certain set of colors. One page will have a green color design, and the next page will have a bright red and orange page, and the next will have a dark blue and calming page. She does a great job with the colors.
The names of the characters are a little difficult to read, but I think that a 3rd or 4th grader would like to read this book. The words are big and bold so overall the difficulty isn’t too bad. I would definitely have this book in my classroom.

Kogi’s Mysterious Journey by Elizabeth Partridge, illustrated by Aki Sogabe
This is one of my favorite stories to read and look at the pictures. The pictures are simple but the textures and designs are unique and pretty. The illustrator doesn’t use a lot of color, but the colors she does use are done wonderfully. The lines are soft and different, and the fish really stands out.
I think that this book would be read by 4th or 5th graders. The words might be a little hard to read, but overall the words are big. The meaning behind the story is also something that intermediate students would like to read about as well.

The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci, pictures by Jerry Pinkney
I think that the use of pictures really helps create the story. The illustrator provides the pictures with lot of detail that really shows. Without the pictures it would really be hard imagine the right picture. All the details in this book are cleverly done, with lots and lots of detail. The uses of color are simple, but very complex and detailed. The illustrations are great.
This is a fun book to read, at any grade level. It would be a good book to read in 5th or 6th grade. It’s a longer book, but it’s not hard to read. The words are big, and the writing is simple. This is a great book to read.

The Three Golden Keys by Peter Sis
I thought the illustrations in this book were wonderful. It’s about this guy following a cat to get three keys. In a lot of the pictures, you can actually see hidden images of cats, and that’s what makes this book so great. The pictures are amazing. He doesn’t use a lot of color, but the detail and textures is what makes the story so great. The details on each page are so in depth and creative.
This would be a suitable book for 3rd or 4th graders. There aren’t a lot of words on each page, but because there are a lot of pages, students might get tired of flipping the pages so much. The works are simple and easy to read. There are a couple pages that have tiny cursive writing on them, but they aren’t made for actual reading. This is a great book.

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde, illustrated by S. Saelig Gallagher
The illustrations in this book are wonderful. It really tells the story. The illustrator uses a sort of pastel texture and color to create the pictures. The detailing and drawings are neat and not confusing to look at. You can really see some emotions and thought that went into the illustrations. They are wonderful pictures.
This book would be great for 3rd or 4th graders. Because children are the main part of the, students might be able to relate to some parts of the story, especially if they have a grumpy neighbor. The words are a little small, but there aren’t a whole lot on each page. There also aren’t a lot of hard to words to say as well. This would be a good book to read out loud to students as a group.

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Emergent reading books

I read a lot of good books, and it was really interesting to see all the different kinds of books there are, even when they are about the same subject like the alphabet or number books.

1. Alphabet book
M is for Minnesota written by Dori Hillestad Bulter, illustrated by Janice Lee Porter
Thumbs down: This book is very interesting and it's fun to ready especially being a Minnesotan, but it's not for elementary school children. It would be a bit difficult for them to read. The words were small and some of the words would be too difficult to read.

2. Alphabet book
The Disappearing Alphabet written by Richard Wilbur, illustrated by David Diaz
Thumbs up: I think this book would be a great book to read outloud to 4th or 5th gradeers. The rhyming is a lot of fun to read and the pictures are so interesting to look at. It's definetly a fun book to read.

3. Number book
Who Wants one? written by Mary Serfozo, illustrated by Keiko Marahaski
Thumbs up: This book is gread for 1st and 2nd gradrs. I think they would enjoy counting even if it's just to 10. The rhyming with the numbers makes it fun to read and the pictures are interesting and fun to look at too.

4. Number book
Night-time Numbers by Susan L. Roth
Thumbs up: The collage in this books is amazing and so cool. I think that kids would really like it. It would be perfect for kindergarteners or 1st grade. The rhyiming goes very well with the story and pictures and it's simple for 1st graders to read.

5. Concept book
A Rainbow all around me written by Sandra L. Penkney
Thumbs up: This is a cute book for kindergarteners. The words are big and the pictures are easy and simple. I think the pictures in the book are pictures that 5 or 6 years olds can relate to and the colors are wonderful as well.

6. Concept book
Round Trip by Ann Jones
Thumbs up: This was my favorite book to read. This book is so interesting and havingo to open your mind to really see the pictures makes it so unique. I've never read a book like this before. To have to turn the book upside down to finish the stories and know that there is a completely different picture when you turn it back side up again is something that I think the kids of all ages would like. This book can really help expand a child's mind.

7. Wordless Books
Creepy Castle by John S. Goodall
Thumbs Up: This is a very good book to read. The pictures are interesting, and it would be a lot of fun to have the children make up their own stories for each page. It's fun for children to flip the pages to see what happens next. The pictures and colors are so simple, but helps describe the scene so well.

8. Wordless books
I read Symbols by Tana Hoban
Thumbs up: Any of Tana Hoban's books are interesting. Reading the book, children can learn symbols that are important to know in every day life. Since they are real pictures, children will know the pictures when they actually see it live.

9. Predictable patterns
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Thumbs up: This is a great book to read outloud or silently. The pattern is something that kids can easily pick up and say outloud with the teacher. I'ts such a fun to to read at any age. The rhyming also gives the book a fun pattern to have the kids read.

10. Predictable patterns
Hickory Dickory Dock written by Jim Aylesworth, illustrated by Eileen Christelow
Thumbs down: It was a very hard finding a predicatble patterns book. This one has a pattern of numbers and rhyming but it's ont something I would recommend as a pattern book.

11. Easy- to read
Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat written by Cynthia Rylant, pictures by Sucie Stevenson
Thumbs up: All of the Henry and Mudge books are fun and easy to read, especially in 1st or 2nd grade. All these books also provide different reading levels, so children can pick a Henry and Mudge book based on their reading ability. I think that the relationship between Henry and Mudge is something that lots of children can relate to especially if they have a pet.

12. Easy to read
Hooray for Diffendoofer Day written by Dr. Seuss
Thumbs up: This is a fun and easy Dr. Seuss book to read in 5th or 6th grade. The words can sometimes be a bit silly and I think that is why kid would love to read this book. The rhyming is easy to read as well. The pictures are also very amazing to look at when you read this book.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

My poem

This poem I wrote a while ago, but I keep revising it. It's about a close friend of mine who died about 4 years ago.


A man of many hearts of grace
He left without a single trace
But He had such a beautiful face
Thoughts of him came without much haste

I know he's always with me here
I always feel his presence near
He had the courage of a bear
But still he always had a little fear

His time went out before his way
An hour of the blackest grey
For Derek I will always pray
That I will see him again someday

He never gave a single shove
He's in heaven with all the doves
No matter what it was always love
When I look up he's from above

One day we will meet again
Up above and we'll still be friends
I hope you'll remember me
Because it's your face that I always see

Derek David Campbell

Blog #1 Poetry

I think that poetry is a wonderful thing to teach children. It not only helps with their writing, it also helps them understand the english language. Through poetry children can learn so many differnet elements.

A Mother Goose Treasury by Mother Goose, illustrated by Kate Greenaway

The Poem:
Girls and boys come out to play,
the moon it shines as bright as day;
Leave your supper, and leave your sleep,
And come to your playmates in the street;
Come wiht a whoop, come with a call,
Come with a good will, or come not at all;
Up the ladder and down the wall,
A halfpenny loaf will serve us all.

I think that when children are first learning about poety, Mother Goose poems are wonderul to start them off. I picked this one because it was one I've never heard before. I think Mother Goose is the best poet for younger children to read. All her poems are easy to read, and remember and they can help student when they are first starting to rhyme.

Best Witches: Poems for Halloween by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Elise Primavera

"Letters from a witch named Flo"
Dear Sirs:
The broom I purchased at
Your store today, and the black hat
(Size 6 1/2) are quite a mess
and neither of them match my dress.
My dress is black, so I can't see
How difficult a match could be,
Just basic black, no patterend swirls,
No curlicues, no fancy whirls,
No crosses, checks or polkadots,
Just midnight black- and lots and lots
Of cobwebs all around them hem.
Your salesgirl promised, "No problem.
At Haloween we sell a ton,
And Never have returns- not one!"
Well, I'm returning hat and broom.
I won't be caught dead in a tomb
In either of these items.
Send back my check.

Best Witches,

I thought that this was a cute poem. Especially during Halloween. It's interesting because it's a letter and a poem in one. This shows how creative kids can be when writing poetry. A fun idea might be to write a letter to a family member using poetry or something like that. I would think that this would be considered a narrative poem.

Snippets: A gatehring of poems, pictures, and possiblities... by Charlotte Zolotow, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, 1992.

If it weren't for you
I'd be the only child
and I could watch any program I wanted on TV
and keep the light on late at night
to read in bed.
No one would know
if it weren't for you.
I could have a room of my own,
and I could cry without anyone knowing
and the dog would be just mine.
But it is true
I'd be alone with the grown-ups
if it weren't for you!

I think that this is a narrative poem as well. It's a poem about someone else. This book that Charlotte wrote has a lot of images that children have. These poems are about thing or people that children experience and it's a good way to have children write poetry.

Daincing Teepees selected by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve, art by Stephen Gammell, 1989.

"Dancing Teepes" by Calvin O'John, Ute-Navajo

Dancing Teepees
High up in the Rocky Mountains
Dancing Teepees
Dance on the grassy banks of Cripple Creek
With laughing fringes in the autumn sun.
Indian children
Play wiht bows and arrows
ON the grassy banks of Criplle Creek.
Indian woman
Gather kindling
To start an evening fire.
Dancing teepees
Dance against fire-lighted autumn trees.
Braves returning
Home from raiding,
Gallantly ride into camp
With horses, scalps, and ornaments.
Dancing teepees
Sleep now on the grassy banks of Cripple Creek
High up in the Rocky Mountains

This poem is an example of repetition. "Dancing teepees" is repeated various times, as well as other parts. This is also an example of a wonderful poem from another culture. It's interesting to compare different poems from different cultures, and students would learn a lot.

The Gargoyle on the Roof, poems by Jck Prelutsky, pictures by Peter Sis, 1999l.

"The Gargoyle on the roof"
I am the gargoyle on the roof.
My eyes are fiery red,
My claws are keen and deadly,
And my Flinty wings are spread
I perch atop my domicile
To guard it night and day.
My ears can hear your footfalls
From a thousand miles away.

I am the gargolye on the roof,
a Creature hewn of stone.
My long and lonley vigil
Is the only life I've known.
No sight escapes my tireless gaze,
My nostrils test the air.
If you have cause to enter here,
To cautioin, and take care.

Those knaves whose base intention
Is to cause my house distress,
Shall know my wrathful virulence
And feel my cold caress.
I'll strike them and devour them
As an owl devours a mouse...
I am the gargoyle on the rood,
and I defend my house.

I think that this poem would have some metaphoric elements. Its a wonderful book. Jack Prelutsky is a wonderul childs poet and any student should have the opportunity to read some of his poems. He writes about so many different things that can help open a students imagination when they are writing poems. This poem is also a narrative because this gargoyle is talking about his life.

I think poetry is a wonderful topic, and every student whould be able to write poems, about anything they want to.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

1st blog

My experience with literature has overall been good. I honestly can't remember a bad experience with reading. I absolutely loved to read. Ever since I started to read which was in about 1st grade, I loved books. I loved the stories and the pictures. When I would go to bed at night I would hide a pile of books under my bed to read after my parents thought I fell asleep and I would read until I fell asleep. I read so many different types of books growing up. It was never a bad experience for me.
When I was in 6th grade we had a reading program called S.M.A.R.T (Students Must All Read Together). We had to document all the hours we spent outside school reading. When you reached a certain amount of hours you would get entered in a drawing to go on boat cruise. I had read the most amount of minutes in the entire school, and I got to go on that cruise. I don't remember how many hours I read but I would read about 2-3 hours a day. I read any book that I could get. I don't know what exactly got me really interested in reading. If it was my parents or my teachers, but I always loved to read and I still do. To this day I have many many books that I read just as my hobby. Reading is my number one hobby, and it always will be.

I really don't remember what books I loved the most. My parents never really read books to me as a child. When I was really little I read Barenstein Bear, I loved reading The Babysitters Club series. I read Goosebump books. One of my favorite books to read when I was in 4th grade was The Biggest Klutz in 5th Grade because I couldn't wait to be in 5th grade. I would read the Sweet Valley High series and other series of books that were aimed at younger girls.