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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Kid Reviews: Monsters and Marsupials

Fifth grade is a great age to read and review picture books. For October, our two classroom prize winners are fifth grade classes. Both are from Sunflower Elementary in Paola, Kansas: Miss Clark's and Ms. McDaniel's classes. They reviewed several monster and marsupial books, including:

Monster Museum by Marilyn Singer, ill. by Gris Grimly, (Hyperion, 2001.)

From this book, Alexis said she learned "that if you see a werewolf, scream then RUN!!!" Here is her beautiful picture of a monster you can't run away from: Medusa.

Maggi depicted the lament in "Frankenstein's Monster:" That he is referred to as the scientist who created him!

Tanner said that what he liked best about the book was the rhyming. He drew a picture for the poem "Count Dracula."

Asked what she would change about the book, Emma said, "I wish the glossary should be in the front so when you read the book if you didn't know what a monster was you would know." Not a bad idea for any book. Editors, take note! I love her bubble gum pink blob!

Where's My Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi, ill. by John Manders, (Candlewick, 2008.)

Mallory said she liked this book because "It's so cute!" and made her feel "very happy inside." Her mummy is very cute, too!

Here is Tanner's cute picture of a little mummy:

Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, ill. by Bruce Whatley, (Clarion, 2003.)

Selena said that in Diary of a Wombat, she liked "that when he/she wanted carrots, he/she would go and beg for carrots. When they wouldn't give him/her any carrots, he/she ate through the door." Here is her colorful picture of the wombat and his/her people home:

I love the many colored homes in the student's wombat drawings! Here is Allison's:

Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree, by Mary Ann Fraser, (Boyds Mills, 2011.)

Here is how Evyn's life is different from Daphne's in Heebie-Jeebie Jamboree: "Daphne goes to a big festival on Halloween, and our neighborhood does this hayride trick-or-treat thing." It's always fun for kids to learn how different kids celebrate holidays. She drew The Rolling Bones:

Thank you for saving the picture book, fifth graders! You did a great job. Packages of books are headed your way!

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