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Bookstorm™: Little Cat’s Luck

 

Little Cat's Luck

Little Cat's LuckMany peo­ple love cats. You might be one of them. Many chil­dren con­sid­er their cat or their dog to be one of the fam­i­ly. Mar­i­on Dane Bauer under­stands that. She wrote Lit­tle Cat’s Luck, the sto­ry of Patch­es, a cat, and Gus, the mean­est dog in town, out of her deep affin­i­ty for both cats and dogs. You can tell. These are real ani­mals who have adven­tures, chal­lenges, and feel­ings that read­ers will avid­ly fol­low … and under­stand. Writ­ten as a nov­el-in-verse with charm­ing use of con­crete poet­ry, Lit­tle Cat’s Luck is a book that will inter­est both avid read­ers and those still gain­ing con­fi­dence.

We are pleased to fea­ture Lit­tle Cat’s Luck as our March book selec­tion, writ­ten by the per­cep­tive Mar­i­on Dane Bauer and illus­trat­ed by the play­ful Jen­nifer A. Bell, sto­ry­tellers both.

In each Book­storm™, we offer a bib­li­og­ra­phy of books that have close ties to the the fea­tured book. You’ll find books for a vari­ety of tastes and inter­ests. This month, we’re focus­ing on books for pri­ma­ry grade read­ers. We’ve includ­ed some books for adults with back­ground infor­ma­tion about cats, infor­ma­tion texts, nar­ra­tive non­fic­tion, and plen­ty of mem­o­rable cat char­ac­ters. 

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Don’t miss the excep­tion­al resources on the author’s web­site. There’s a book trail­er, a social-emo­tion­al learn­ing guide, and a teach­ing guide that you’ll find use­ful as you incor­po­rate this book into your plan­ning.

BOOKSTORM TOPICS

Mem­o­rable Cat Char­ac­ters. You may know and love these books but have your read­ers been intro­duced to Macav­i­ty, Pete the Cat, the Cat in the Hat, Atti­cus McClaw? From pic­ture books to ear­ly read­ers to mid­dle grade nov­els, there’s a wide range of books here for every taste.

Friend­ship. There have been excel­lent books pub­lished about ani­mals who are friends, many you wouldn’t expect, both as fic­tion­al sto­ries and true sto­ries.

Smart Ani­mals. Do you know the true sto­ry of Alex the Par­rot? Or how smart an octo­pus is? Do you know what ani­mals think and feel? There are books here that will amaze you and deep­en your appre­ci­a­tion for ani­mals and birds.

Car­ing for Ani­mals. These fic­tion­al books are good dis­cus­sion starters for the respon­si­bil­i­ty of hav­ing an ani­mal pet, espe­cial­ly a cat. 

Spir­it of Adven­ture. Ani­mal adven­tures have been favorites ever since Jack Lon­don pub­lished Call of the Wild. These are some of the best sto­ries, just like Lit­tle Cat’s Luck and Lit­tle Dog, Lost.

Ani­mal Moth­ers and Their Off­spring. How do ani­mals care for their young? We’ve includ­ed a cou­ple of books that will fas­ci­nate young read­ers.

The Truth about Cats. From The Cat Ency­clo­pe­dia to How to Speak Cat, these are infor­ma­tion texts filled with facts. Good choic­es for your stu­dents’ book bins.

Best of all? There are so many good books about cats!

Let us know how you are mak­ing use of this Book­storm™. Share your ideas and any oth­er books you’d add to this Book­storm™.

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Bookstorm™: Princess Posey

 

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Princess Posey and the Crazy, Lazy VacationThere have been many papers writ­ten about why chil­dren, teens, and adults like to read books that are pub­lished as part of a series. From The Bobb­sey Twins to Nan­cy Drew to the Box­car Chil­dren to Ency­lo­pe­dia Brown to Goose­bumps to The Babysit­ters Club to Red­wall to War­riors (draw­ing in a long breath) … okay, you get the idea. These books are pop­u­lar. We like read­ing about char­ac­ters who are famil­iar to us in set­tings that we feel we could walk through. Some­times they’re involved in sto­ries that we might feel are pre­dictable, but that’s been found to be part of the charm.

This month, we are pleased to fea­ture Princess Posey and the Crazy, Lazy Vaca­tion, writ­ten by Stephanie Greene and illus­trat­ed by Stephanie Roth Sis­son. The tenth book in their series, this one fol­lows our favorite first-grad­er, she who wears a pink tutu for con­fi­dence, through spring vaca­tion, a stay­ca­tion replete with unan­tic­i­pat­ed adven­ture. Full of gen­tle humor and sit­u­a­tions your own kids this age will find famil­iar, Posey has good friends, help­ful adults, and a devel­op­ing sense of self to rely on for a sat­is­fy­ing sto­ry in each vol­ume.

In each Book­storm™, we offer a bib­li­og­ra­phy of books that have close ties to the the fea­tured book. For Princess Posey and the Crazy, Lazy Vaca­tion, you’ll find books for a vari­ety of tastes and inter­ests. This month, we’re focus­ing on books for this par­tic­u­lar age group, a lit­tle younger, a lit­tle old­er, but pri­mar­i­ly pic­ture books, easy read­ers, and ear­ly chap­ter books. 

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BOOKSTORM TOPICS

Bicy­cles. Learn­ing to ride a bicy­cle, being afraid of it, and then over­com­ing that fear, is one of the sto­ry­lines for Posey this time around. We’ve sug­gest­ed oth­er books about bicy­cles.

Courage. Try­ing unfa­mil­iar activ­i­ties and foods, meet­ing new peo­ple, all of these take courage. Talk about these books with your fam­i­ly or class­room or sto­ry­time group. Start the con­ver­sa­tion about step­ping out­side our com­fort zones.

Doing Noth­ing. Some­times vacations—and life—are ful­ly pro­grammed. No chance to be bored. We’ve list­ed a few books that rev­el in kick­ing back and let­ting imag­i­na­tion take over.

Ear­ly Read­ers for and About First and Sec­ond Grade. Long sub­ti­tle, but books that are fun to read. We’ve even includ­ed a joke book!

Frogs. Yes, there’s a frog among the char­ac­ters in Posey’s vaca­tion so you’ll find a few more frog books to read out loud.

Miss­ing Mom. Because the series takes place dur­ing first grade, Posey fre­quent­ly exam­ines her feel­ings about miss­ing her moth­er while she’s at school. She has a younger broth­er and a car­ing grand­fa­ther, but it’s that mom con­nec­tion that the Stepha­nies han­dle so well. 

Sleep-Overs. Has your child been on their first sleep-over yet? There’s almost as much anx­i­ety as there is in going to school! An unfa­mil­iar house and stay­ing up past bed­time … here are a few more books to read.

Teeth. How much can hap­pen dur­ing one spring vaca­tion? Well, Posey has a loose tooth. Here are some books about that tooth-los­ing expe­ri­ence, includ­ing one of our favorites, Throw Your Tooth On the Roof.

Tutus. Posey’s pink tutu is one of her trade­marks. When she first sets off for school, she won’t leave home with­out it.

Vaca­tions. What will we do on vaca­tion? Kids can be simul­ta­ne­ous­ly excit­ed and fear­ful about leav­ing home for this length of time, ven­tur­ing to an unknown place. A lit­tle read­ing about oth­er kids’ vaca­tions will help.

Let us know how you are mak­ing use of this Book­storm™. Share your ideas and any oth­er books you’d add to this Book­storm™.

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Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh

There are a lot of “chal­lenges” hap­pen­ing in the social media sphere these days—books, ice buck­ets, kind­ness, grat­i­tude, etc. All great things—perhaps one of the bet­ter uses for social media even, though it doesn’t quite beat out birth­day greet­ings and first-day-of-school pic­tures, in my book. Last week, a good friend and fel­low read­er “chal­lenged” me […]

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The Borrowers (audio book)

One of the first books we lis­tened to in the car was Mary Norton’s The Bor­row­ers. We had one child and he was very small. But he’d been well-trained on audio books. He fell asleep to The Vel­veteen Rab­bit (Meryl Streep and George Win­ston) or Win­nie-the-Pooh (The BBC ver­sion) every night. So we popped in […]

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Pulling Radishes, Thinking About Books

In the gar­den this week I am pulling radish­es. Weeds, too, and maybe that’s why I appre­ci­ate the small, crisp, spicy lit­tle radish­es. Pulling those rosy red globes out of the black dirt makes me think of one of my favorite books from child­hood: Mrs. Pig­­gle-Wig­­gle.  I have espe­cial­ly vivid mem­o­ries of my third grade […]

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My Son’s First Book

Sev­en­teen years ago today, I became a moth­er. My water broke in the mid­dle of the night and I called my hus­band, who was work­ing the night shift, to come and get me. It was time. I was ready. More than ready. I had a bag packed with slip­pers and the new bathrobe my moth­er […]

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