Second Grade 2004-2005

Dinosaurs to the Rescue
coverby Marc Brown,Laurie Krasny Brown
Kindergarten-Grade 4-- The Browns' sensible, cavorting dinosaurs are back again, this time regaling readers with some advice on how they can rescue our ailing Earth. In this latest foray into social issues, the authors present major environmental problems with such practical, easy, and entertaining solutions that children will be enthusiastic from the very beginning. The first page introduces Slobosaurus who is ``full of excuses for why he can't use less, use things again, and give something back to the earth.'' Succeeding pages show the boorish way he reacts by tossing his empty soda can on the ground, wasting water, using electricity unwisely or unnecessarily, etc. Plants, animals, and insects, too, are given a place in this environmental treatment. (From School Libray Journal)

The St. Patrick's Day Shillelagh
coverby Janet Nolan
In the time of the Irish potato famine, Fergus and his family left for America. But first Fergus cut a branch from a blackthorn tree so that he could take a piece of Ireland with him. On the journey, he whittled the branch into a shillelagh. Each St. Patrick's Day, Fergus told his story of coming to America and of the shillelagh that he brought with him. Throughout the years, one generation after another passed the shillelagh on along with Fergus's story, adding their own life experiences. On this St. Patrick's Day, Kayleigh finds the shillelagh and listens to her grandfather share their history. He then places the shillelagh in Kayleigh's hands, making her the keeper of the family story. (Amazon)

Barber's Cutting Edge
coverby Natalie Babbitt
The Barber's Cutting Edge is a touching celebration of the close relationship between a young African American boy and his community mentor. Jam-packed with little boys, big boys, dads, and neighbors, Mr. Bigalow's barbershop is a familiar place to talk, to play dominoes, to read, and in Rashaad's case, to get a little extra help with his schoolwork. Not only does Mr. Bigalow know all the latest styles, he also knows all the words on Rashaad's vocabulary list. Whether it's haircuts or words, Mr. Bigalow is the best at what he does. He is also a friend and a role model and as Rashaad puts it, "one cool dude." Holbert's vibrant drawings capture the lively atmosphere and warm spirit of the barbershop. (Amazon)

The Little Book of Hand Shadows
coverby Phila H. Webb & Jane Corby
"Shadow pictues were really the first motion pictures. Boys and girls have been enjoying them for -- oh, years and years! -- ever since the first grandmother discovered that the shadow of her hand on the wall looked like a swan's head; or perhaps some child first made the great discovery."
This book includes little poems and hand position diagrams to create animal shadow pictures. The poetry will be read on the Smart Board and children will have the opportunity to make the animal's shadow after they read the animal's poem. While the poetry is appropriate for younger children, they might have a difficult time copying the examples to make the shadows. Audio will be included with the Powerpoint so that children can read the poems and create the shadows at the listening center.

The Legend of Slappy Hooper
coverretold by Aaron Shepard
A tale collected by the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, admired by Carl Sandburg as ``a fresh modern masterpiece,'' and now reinterpreted by a ``story performer'' (The Legend of Lightning Larry, p. 306). The aptly named Slappy is a Bunyan- style prodigy of a sign painter: his pictures are so lifelike that roses wilt, an eagle flies away, and a billboard depicting a beach for the ``Sunshine Travel Agency'' decimates trade by attracting sunbathers right in town. Irate customers give up hiring the hapless Slappy, but when ``the Boss'' sends a winged, paint-spattered messenger to draft him for rainbows and sunsets, His standards suit the overcapable painter to a T: ``If it isn't too good, it's not good enough!'' Goffe's freewheeling cartoons perfectly complement this well-told, amiably satirical tale.(Kirkus Associates, LP) Readers Theater Play Script Poster 1, Poster 2.

Snowmen At Night
coverby Caralyn Buehner, Mark Buehner
Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you've wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful wintertime tale reveals all! Caralyn Buehner's witty, imaginative verse offers many amusing details about the secret life of snowmen and where they go at night, while Mark Buehner's roly-poly snowmen are bursting with personality and charm. From the highly successful team that created such winning titles as Fanny's Dream, Snowmen at Night is fabulous, frosty, and fun!
NYS Standards: S1-1-5 S1-1-6 S1-2-4 S2-1-1 S2-1-2 S2-1-5 S2-1-6 S2-2-2 S2-2-3 S2-2-4 S4-1-1 S4-1-2

In My Own Backyard
cover by Kurjian Judi, David R. Wagner
Geologic time collapses into a single morning when a youngster peers through a bedroom window and wonders "how many people had stood where I was, looking at this very same place." Suddenly, the quiet landscape of garden, brook and mountain reverses its usual forward course toward noon and turns backward in time. A succession of scenes--showing, variously, people cutting hay with scythes; a sawmill and oxen teams; settlers; Native Americans celebrating a harvest--carry the reader deep into history. (Publisher's Weekly)

Adelita: A Mexican Cinderella Story
coverby Tomie De Paola
Kindergarten-Grade 3-In this folktale variant, lovely Adelita gains a family when her father remarries. Following the traditional story line, Dona Micaela and her daughters, Valentina and Dulce, are utterly impossible, but all is well as long as Adelita's father is alive. However, when he dies, she is relegated to helping in the kitchen. Eventually, Dona Micaela evicts old Esperanza, and her stepdaughter is left to do all the work.(School Library Journal) (Activity - Bio Poem)

The Magic Tree: A Folktale from Nigeria
by T. Obinkaram Echewa, E.B. Lewis
Mbi is an orphan boy who lives in a Nigerian village with many unkind relatives. When there is work to do, everyone calls his name. But when it's time to eat, all Mbi gets are scraps and bones to chew. Then one day, while everyone else is eating dinner and Mbi is sitting under an udara tree near the compound, a magical fruit falls from the tree. When he plants a seed from the fruit, a huge udara tree suddenly grows just for Mbi. Now he will never go hungry.

The Girl Who Loved Horses
coverby Paul Goble
For most people, being swept away in a horse stampede during a raging thunderstorm would be a terrifying disaster. For the young Native American girl in Paul Goble's 1979 Caldecott-winning masterpiece, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, it is a blessing. Although she loves her people, this girl has a much deeper, almost sacred connection to her equine friends. The storm gives her the opportunity to fulfill her dream--to live in a beautiful land among the wild horses she loves. Caldecott Medal)

No Jumping on the Bed!
coverby Tedd Arnold
Walter has been told not to jump on the bed, but he just can't resist. Higher and higher he bounces until the floor cracks and down he tumbles, bed and all, into the apartment below. And so begins the most exciting nighttime adventure of Walter's life.

Appelemando's Dreams
coverby Patricia Polacco
Appelemando lives in a very drab, uninteresting village. For him, dreaming is a way of life. Whenever the boy dreams, his four friends can actually see them. They drift up from the top of his head in paintbox colors and, at one point, literally change their somber world--Appelemando's dreams stick to the wet walls of the village like decals.
Activity Sheet: Share Your Dream Page

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