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First Grade 2006-2007

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Fox Makes Friends

by Adam Relf
Poor little Fox! He's all alone in his room, with no friends at all. So when Mama suggests that he make some, Fox sets out to do that...literally. "What can I make a friend out of?" he wonders. Soon, he's gathered all the materials he things he needs--sticks, stones, fruit, and more--and built his first friend. "Are you my friend?" Fox asks. "Can you come and play?" But it doesn't reply and it doesn't move. What could be wrong? Only when a variety of curious animals come round to help that Fox discovers what pals are all about. Amazon Excerpt (Unit: Habitats, Animal Behavior, Friendship)

Little Quacks New Friend
cover coverby Lauren Thompson
In this fourth entry about an adorable duck, Little Quack and his four visually distinct siblings meet Little Ribbit. While the other ducklings are wary of him at first–hes too little, too green, and a FROG!–Little Quack has no such hesitations, and quack, quack, ribbit, ribbit! off they go. As it turns out, the frogs sense of fun perfectly matches that of the ducks. He loves to splash, squish in the mud, bounce on a log, and dunk in the water. As their play moves from one activity to the next, the other ducklings join in the fun one by one. The text uses repetitive phrasing, lively wordplay, and entertaining sound effects (Plunka, splunka, plunka, splunka, plunk!) to move the story along. School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Habitats, Animal Behavior, Friendship)

Best Best Friends
cover cover by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Mary and Clare spend their days at preschool together. They hug when they meet, hold hands while going out to the playground, and sit next to one another at storytime. All goes smoothly until the day of Mary's birthday, when she gets special privileges and much attention from the teacher and other students. Clare grows resentful and starts an argument, which ends with both girls angrily yelling, YOU ARE NOT MY FRIEND! They each play with other children and have time to cool off. When naptime is over, Clare presents her friend with a hand-drawn picture and wishes her a Happy birthday. Mary graciously accepts the gift, an unspoken apology, and the two are friends once again. No adult guides them toward reconciliation; these children simply figure out for themselves what is important.
School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Habitats, Animal Behavior, Friendship)

The Popcorn Dragon
cover cover by Jane Thayer
This new edition of the much-loved story of Dexter, a young dragon who loses all his friends when he shows off blowing smoke rings ... The resolution, in which he wins back his friends by sharing with them his new found ability to pop corn straight from the husks, will thoroughly delight a new generation of children.
School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Individual Development & Identity, Friendship)

You Can Do It Sam
cover cover by Amy Hest
In this third visit to the cozy home of a little bear and his loving mama, Sam has grown just a bit bigger, but not much bolder. When the two of them set out to make early-morning deliveries of the tasty cakes they have baked for their friends, Mrs. Bear encourages him to go to their doors. "All by myself?" he whispers. A heartening hug helps him to muster up his courage and make his way through the new snow to leave a red-bagged surprise on the doorsteps of several houses. And when they return home from making these neighborly gestures, there are two bags left over, just right for a brave little cub and his caring mother. School Library Journal Excerpt
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity, Responsibility)

The Little Red Hencover cover
by Jerry Pinkney
Important lessons of work ethics, initiative, and natural consequence are delivered in the latest addition to what might be considered the Pinkney classic bookshelf a lush, light-filled rendition of a folktale staple. School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Work Ethic, Consequences, Fairness)

Bread Bakerycover cover
by Catherine Anderson
"Where Does Bread Come From?" would seem to be a location rather than "flour," the food's key ingredient. The format and numerous access points-a contents page, unfamiliar terms presented in bold print and linked to a picture glossary, and an index-make the books especially suitable for beginning research projects.
School Library Journal Excerpt

From Wheat to Breadcover

by Kristin Thoennes Keller
An introduction to the basic concepts of food production, distribution, and consumption by tracing the production of bread from wheat to the finished product.

Don't Forget I Love You
cover cover by Miriam Moss
Although Mama bear tries to hurry her son along, he spends so much time getting his stuffed rabbit ready for nursery school that they leave the house behind schedule. They lose more precious minutes when she must rescue Rabbit after Billy drops him in the rain, and she rushes off to work without returning the toy to him. As the young bear unpacks his lunchbox in his classroom, he laments, "Mama didn't say I love you." She always says I love you." Before long, however, she returns to offer her tearful son a hug, his rabbit friend, and a comforting "I love you." -- School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Family, Feelings, Character, Setting, Problem, Solution)

That's Good, That's Badcover

coverby Marjorie Cuyler
At the zoo a boy is lifted into the sky by his balloon. "Oh, that's good. No, that's bad! "--because the balloon pops when it hits a tree deep in the jungle. "Oh, that's bad. No, that's good! "--because the wide-eyed lad falls into a river and climbs onto a hippo, who takes him to shore. Thus incidents that appear to be positive turn out to be negative (and vice-versa) as the child confronts an extremely colorful bevy of animals, including baboons who chase him up a tree, a hissing snake whom he mistakes for a vine, a kindly elephant who pulls him out of quicksand and a stork who flies him back to the zoo, into the arms of his parents. After reading the book, children wrote their own "Good/Bad" stories. Our podcast features the work of Mrs. Vicker's class.
-- Publisher's Weekly Excerpt (Unit: Character, Setting, Problem, Solution)

Where's My Sockcover

by Joyce Dunbar
Socks to Print for Activity
Pippin, a young mouse, cant find one of his yellow socks with the clocks on it anywhere, so Tog, a cat, steps in to help. They turn up socks stuffed in shoes, left in washing machines, and lost behind furniture. They pair them all up but the misplaced yellow one is still not to be found. Finally the friends agree to wear mismatched socks. When Pippin helps Tog take off his boots, they discover that Tog was wearing the missing sock all along. Dunbar tells this story in dialogue and in simple, fluid prose. -- School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Character, Setting, Problem, Solution - Math Connections)

Curious George Visits the Librarycover
by H.A. Rey's
PreSchool-Grade 3-George is lucky to arrive at the library just in time for story hour. But it's not easy for a little monkey to sit still too long. From selecting books to getting his very own library card, George's day at the library makes reading fun. -- Amazon (Unit: Character, Setting, Problem, Solution)

Curious George Makes Pancakescover
by H.A. Rey's
PreSchool-Grade 3-It's time for one of George's favorite events, the annual pancake breakfast fundraiser for the children's hospital. When George begins adding blueberries to the pancakes, the line becomes so long that the man making the pancakes has to go for more help. When the man discovers that a monkey is making his pancakes, George leads him on an action filled romp through the event, ending with George raising so much money at the dunk tank that he is given the honor of presenting the money to the president of the hospital. -- School Library Journal Excerpt (Unit: Character, Setting, Problem, Solution)

Curious George Visits a Toy Storecover
by H.A. Rey's
A new toy store is opening and George can't wait. Once George gets inside, the owner thinks his antics may be bad for business. It's not long before George has her jumping through hoops to try to contain his curiosity. Will George's playful nature really drive customers away, or will everyone's favorite monkey find a clever way to save the day? -- Amazon Book Description (Unit: Character, Setting, Problem, Solution)

My Two Grandmotherscover
by Effin Older
Lily has two grandmothers, Bubbe Silver and Grammy Lane. They both pass on their family traditions to Lily, so she gets to enjoy golfing, gefilte fish, and Hanukkah with Bubbe and snowshoeing, red flannel hash, and Christmas with Grammy. Then Lily invites both women to her house for the "first traditional grandmothers' party." .. -- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: Family, Feelings)

The Ticky-Tacky Dollcover
by Cynthia Rylant
A little girl worries about going to school for the first time and leaving her ticky-tacky doll that Grandmama made behind. The child is unable to eat or pay attention and her teachers and family are concerned. Only her observant grandmother is able to figure out what is wrong, and she devises the perfect solution: she sews a miniature version of the doll that fits into the corner of the little girl's book bag.. -- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: Family, Feelings)

Frog and Toad Togethercover
by Arnold Lobel
This pair of amphibian pals likes to do everything together, from list making to flower growing to dragon vanquishing. And when Toad bakes cookies one day, the two try to develop willpower together. The Frog and Toad series, including Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad, is perfect for new readers. -- Amazon excerpt
(Unit: Individual Development & Identity, Communication, Friendship)

The Little Island
cover coverby Margaret Wise Brown
There is a little island in the ocean—and this book is about how it is on that little island, how the seasons and the storm and the day and night change it, how the lobsters and seals and gulls and everything else live on it, and what the kitten who comes to visit finds out about it.
-- School Library Journal excerpt
(Unit: Geography, Ecosystems)

Mama Panya's Pancakes: A Tale from Kenya
cover coverby Mary and Rich Chamberlin
Mama Panya and her son, Adika, are all ready for market day where Mama is planning on using her few coins to buy the ingredients to make pancakes for dinner. Adika is so excited that he can't help inviting all of their friends and neighbors. Mama Panya is worried that his generosity may be more than her few coins and their meager supplies can provide. Luckily all of the guests arrive with gifts, and a Kenyan cross between "Stone Soup" and the story of the loaves and the fishes is realized. A recipe, map, details about daily life, and facts about Kiswahili and Kenya are included. -- School Library Journal
(Unit: Family, Helping, Sharing)

Hide and Seek Fog
cover coverby Alvin Tresselt
In a Cape Cod seaside village, the children romp and play throughout a heavy fog with strange and mysterious effects. It is the story of fog and the effect it has on the plans of some fishermen, some fathers, and some vacationing children. The pictures are wonderful! They easily convey the feeling of chilly, damp weather -- imposing a strange feeling of melancholy to the reader. But as the story evolves, the plot lightens with the fog, and the pictures eventually brighten to conclude a story about disappointment and interrupted plans. -- Amazon (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Friendship, Feelings)

Mama Elizabeti
by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
(Sample the book on Lee & Low Website)
Bodeen builds on the poignant themes of Elizabeti's Doll (Lee & Low, 1998), while giving readers an expanded view of life in this African village. The child's day is filled with sweeping, washing, and picking rocks from the rice. She must also look after her young brother, as Mama has a new baby who needs care. Securing Obedi to her back with a kanga, Elizabeti confidently starts out on her way to the village well. However, Obedi is a squirmer, he's mischievous, plus he's heavy. Finally, Elizabeti drops her water jug and slumps in despair. She sets the boy down and quickly fetches the water. When she returns, he's gone, but her fears turn to joy as he takes his first toddling steps back to her and gives her a loud, wet kiss. Getting home is no longer a problem; Elizabeti simply ties the kanga from her waist to his and lets him walk. -- School Library Journal (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Likes and Dislikes)

My Pony
cover coverby Susan Jeffers
The pigtailed narrator of this enchanting story wants a pony of her own. Her parents tell her that a horse is too expensive and that they don't have enough room, so she draws pictures of a horse. Her art takes her to a magical world where she rides a beautiful, dappled silver horse through forests and clouds. When she returns from her journey, she is happy because her imaginary animal "waits just outside my window. -- School Library Journal (Unit: Individual Development & Identity - Wants and Needs)

Sophie's Knapsack
by Catherine Stock
Sophie has a marvelous time when her family leaves the city to take a camping trip. She especially loves seeing all the different animals and plants, all the while hiking and carrying her terrific new knapsack and sleeping bag to Purple Cloud Rock.
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