Monday, October 7, 2019

October Grades 1-2 Book Club: Toys Go Out


For October's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. Annemarie, Chase, Colten, Dylan, Eden, Joseph, LJ, Lyla, and Violet were present. Here's some of what we talked about!



In chapter one of Toys Go Out, StingRay says, "it's not so bad if you don't complain." Does complaining make you feel better? Or worse? How does it make others feel when someone is complaining?

-Worse because they're complaining and it might make me complain.
-I like to tease my siblings when they complain.
-I would hate it so much if they complain, I would yell at them.
-I would be so angry that I would tackle them.
-I would throw them.
-I would yell at my sister.
-I would just get mad and walk away.



Lumphy would rather be warned about something that he won't like. Would you? Why, or why not?
-No
-I would like to be warned so that I don't hurt myself or get something wrong
-I would rather not be warned because I wouldn't want to do it anyway
-I would rather not so that I don't get frightened to death
-Yes, because I would like to be prepared for things


The Girl says her toys are her best friends. What makes someone a best friend? Can we always say that one friend is best, or are there different sorts of friends, with different qualities? Are oldest friends the same as best friends? Do you think the Little Girl loves one toy more than the others? Why or why not?
-I would make a new friend
-My oldest friend is older than my dad
-I would want to make a new friend. I only have a few friends in this country.
-The Little Girl preferred the StingRay over the other toys. She got StingRay when she turned four and it's her oldest toy.



Lumphy is afraid of the washing machine -- and comes to love it. (Him.) Have you ever been afraid of something and come to love it, later? What? How did that happen? Did you learn anything from that experience?

-One of my dogs because she always bit people but then I started to know her and loved her.
-I used to be scared of the rat in a movie but then I realized how the scary rat could be defeated.
-I used to not like Whitey at all and only liked Blackey but now I like Whitey as well.



We then worked on some worksheets, including a word search.


Please rate this book from 0-5, with 0 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-One 0
-Two 3
-Three 4
-Two 5
(one member didn't get a chance to vote)

For November's book club, we will be reading Captain Pug by Laura James.


"Pug is going on a seafaring adventure. He's had jam tarts for breakfast. He's wearing a smart sailor suit. There's just one problem. Pug is afraid of the water!"-summary


We will be meeting on Wednesday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk (available on the day of this book club) and register (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 
 


Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September Grades 1-2 Book Club: My Father's Dragon



For September's Grade 1-2 Book Club, we read My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett. Chase, Colton, Eden and Edward were present. Here's some of what we discussed!



What items did Elmer bring with him in his sack?

-jackknife
-2 dozen pink lollipops
-23 tangerines
-chewing gum
-magnifying glass
-boots
-rubber bands


Would you like to have traveled with Elmer? Why or why not?

-Yes, because I would love to see a dragon that breathes fire on me
-Yes, I would like to go on an adventure to beat up all the animals
-No, I don't want to see a dragon or go on an adventure 
-Yes, because I would like to see him tricking all of the animals. When I see the dragon, he will blow fire in my face and set off the bomb in my face.


How would you describe Wild Island?

-as a jungle, on a beach, with a river-the animals had to go around the river to get to the other side
-the animals had to use a dragon to get across. 
-the animals weren't nice to the dragon


Let's talk about the animals that Elmer encounters. What happened with each animal?

-they all got tricked
-the rhino spent a ton of time brushing his tusk clean 
-Elmer braided the lion's mane
-he tricked the tigers into chewing their gum and checking each other's mouths and they were distracted
-Elmer tricked the gorilla with the magnifying glass and the monkey came to take off his fleas
-he tricked the alligators into following each other by attaching lollipops to their tails


Would you say that Elmer is brave? Why?

-Elmer is brave because he saw all those animals that wanted to kill him but he survived
-a fisherman told him that no one ever came back from Wild Island but he went anyway


Pretend you could design your own island. Tell us all the details about it.

-every animal, even a cuckoo dog
-my island would be full of milk and cinnamon toast crunch and millions of dollar and gum and Chips Ahoy and a huge TV screen and the coolest house
-my island would be full of candy, millions of dollars and O's (the cereal) and gum and Chips Ahoy and a huge TV screen and the coolest house
-my island would be filled with outdoor spaces. A water park, an amusement park, a wave pool, a skating rink, a movie theater and maybe an aquarium and a quintillion dollars


We then worked on some worksheets, including a word search.



Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.

-1,000
-3
-5
-7,000
-one billion


For October's book club, we will be reading 

Toys Go Out : Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins

Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys:
In the backpack, where it is very dark -- The serious problem of Plastic-ness -- The terrifying bigness of the washing machine -- The possible shark -- How Lumphy got on the big high bed, and lost something rather good looking -- It is difficult to find the right birthday present.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk and register for Book Club (so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy!). 



October Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Captain Pug: The Dog Who Sailed the Seas by Laura James

On one very ordinary day Pug's nose knows that breakfast is on its way. And with breakfast, come crumbs – but not just any old crumbs, jam tart crumbs. Jam tarts are Pug's favorite food, and he loves nothing more than to share them with his best friend, Lady Miranda. But just before Pug can finish the last jam tart, Lady Miranda picks him up and whisks him away for a sea-faring adventure. Unfortunately for Pug, it turns out that water may be his biggest fear!


The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh



Remembering her mother's words, an eight-year-old girl finds courage to go alone with her father to build a new home in the Connecticut wilderness and to stay with the Indians when her father goes back to bring the rest of the family.



Toys Go Out : Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins

Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys:
In the backpack, where it is very dark -- The serious problem of Plastic-ness -- The terrifying bigness of the washing machine -- The possible shark -- How Lumphy got on the big high bed, and lost something rather good looking -- It is difficult to find the right birthday present.


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

April Grades 1-2 Book Club: Clementine





For April's Book Club, we read Clementine by Sara Pennypacker. Abigail, Cameron, Chase, Colten, Matthew, Novi, Reis, Teddy, and Trent were present. Here's some of what we discussed, based on the publisher's website.


Clementine begins her personal narrative with, “I have had not so good of a week.” (page 1) The rest of the book is certainly proof of that. What was your worst week in recent memory? 

-When I went to the Principal's office
-I never had a worst week
-I had a worst day when, in the morning, I had nothing to do. Then I got told on for just sitting on the Buddy Bench. And then my teacher yelled at me. And then I didn't get what I wanted for lunch. Then I had to sit on the Buddy Bench again. Then I got yelled at again. No one wanted to play with me. And then I got hit by a cone.
-I was sick for 3 days and then I had to stay home for 4 days



Clementine says, “If they had a special class for gifted kids in art, I would definitely be in it.” (page 10) She tells her mother, who is an artist, “When I grow up, I might be an artist.” If there could be a gifted class for one of your special talents or interests, what would it be? 

-Baseball
-Tap dancing/moving your feet a bazillion time fast
-Gymnastics and soccer and baseball and golf and football and skiing
-Soccer and baseball
-Plumber
-Ice skating and soccer
-Art
-Eating candy


Even in the first chapter, you’ll notice many differences between the personalities of fourth grader Margaret and third grader Clementine. Compare and contrast them. Which one is more like you and why?

-Margaret
-Clementine because she cuts all of Margaret's hair off and I would do that
-I cut my own hair so I'm more like Clementine
-A mix of both
-More like Margaret because I don't usually get in trouble
-More like Margaret because I don't like getting my hair cut
-Margaret looked like a weirdo with her hair really short


When she was little, Clementine tells us, she used to be afraid of ceiling snakes “just waiting to drip on you.” Now she says she’s only afraid of pointy things and boomerangs. (page 11) What weird things are you afraid of and why?  How have you dealt with, conquered, or overcome one of your fears?

-I'm scared of nothing because why would I be?
-I like to scare myself so every time I could, I would pick up anything like a snake to scare myself
-Cheese and bananas
-Poison and pink
-I'm scared of things that are hanging
-Black mambas
-Any kind of mold because I can't breathe around it 
-I'm also scared of books on shelves



What are some of the vegetable names Clementine uses for her brother? What interesting names or nicknames have you given to family, friends, pets, or toys like stuffed animals?  How did you come up with these names? 


Draw a picture of the important people, pets, and things in your life, labeled with the names you use for them. 


Clementine says, “Last year a writer came to my school and said, Pay Attention! But she didn’t mean to the teacher, she meant pay attention to what’s going on around you, so you can write about it. Then she looked exactly at me and said to notice the good stuff and write it down so you don’t forget it.” (page 41) If you’re going to be an artist or a writer, you need to pay attention to what you see. What interesting things have you noticed lately? Make an illustrated poster with a list. 


Clementine says, “Thursday morning I woke up with a spectacularful idea. I am lucky that way—spectacularful ideas are always sproinging up in my brain. The secret thing I know about ideas is that once they sproing into your head you have to grab them fast, or else they get bored and bounce away.” (page 65) What spectacularful ideas have sproinged up in your brain lately? What did you do with them and how did they work out? 


In one week, Clementine cuts off Margaret’s hair, colors it with red Magic Marker, and tries to glue her own cut-off hair onto Margaret’s head. What do you think is going on between Clementine and Margaret? Consider both their points of view. When you are angry, sometimes it helps to write down exactly how you are feeling. 


Clementine says, “Here is a secret good thing: Sometimes I like journal writing at school because I can remind myself of the things I might forget when I’m a grown-up. Like that I plan to smoke cigars. And I do not plan to get married. . . . What if I forget those things?” (page 93)  Make a list of the things you don’t want to forget when you are a grown-up. 


How and why do Clementine and Margaret apologize to each other? What kinds of apology have you offered to someone recently? Why did you need to apologize? How was your apology received? 


What would you put on a hat to give to Clementine? Describe each item you would put on it and why. 


Clementine cleans out everything from under her bed, which she calls “The Black Hole.” (pages 123) What’s under your bed? (Or in your closet or in your desk?) Clean it out and make a list of everything you find. 


We see this story of Clementine’s “not so good of a week” from her point of view. What about Margaret? How do you think she feels about everything that has happened with Clementine all week? 



Please rate this book, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best.


1-1
2-4
3-0
4-0
5-4



For May's book club, we will be reading Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald.

Mrs. Piggle-wiggle, the widow of a pirate, has a remarkable way of handling children. She manages to cure a persistent never-want-to-go-to-bedder, an answer-backer, and a slow-eater-tiny-bite-taker.
We will meet on Monday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m. Please note the later date and time than usual!


May Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

Hansel and Gretel by Rika Lesser














A poor woodcutter's children, lost in the forest, come upon a house made of bread, cakes, and candy, occupied by a wicked witch who likes to have children for dinner.




Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald

Book Cover

Mrs. Piggle-wiggle, the widow of a pirate, has a remarkable way of handling children. She manages to cure a persistent never-want-to-go-to-bedder, an answer-backer, and a slow-eater-tiny-bite-taker.




Toys Go Out: Being the Adventures of a Knowledgeable Stingray, a Toughy Little Buffalo, and Someone Called Plastic by Emily Jenkins

Book Cover

Six stories relate the adventures of three best friends, who happen to be toys.


In the backpack, where it is very dark -- The serious problem of Plastic-ness -- The terrifying bigness of the washing machine -- The possible shark -- How Lumphy got on the big high bed, and lost something rather good looking -- It is difficult to find the right birthday present.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

April Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions



The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich ; with illustrations by the author.


Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.


Clementine by Sara Pennypacker


While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.


El Deafo by Cece Bell ; color by David Lasky.


"Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers! In this funny, poignant graphic novel memoir, author/illustrator Cece Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. The Phonic Ear gives Cece the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her as she is. After some trouble, she is finally able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become "El Deafo, Listener for All." And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for"-- from publisher's web site.



March Grades 1-2 Book Club: The Hundred Dresses


For March's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes. Cameron, Chase, Colten, Luna, Matt, and Reis  were present. This is some of what we talked about!

We used a Comprehension Quiz by Scholastic.com in order to guide the conversation. 
There was quite a bit of discussion regarding bullying and being a bystander and/or participant in bullying.

I asked the kids to rank this book between 1 and 5, with 1 being one of their least favorite books and 5 being one of the best.

-One 3
-One 4
-Four 5s


For April's Book Club, we will be reading Clementine by Sara Pennypacker.

While sorting through difficulties in her friendship with her neighbor Margaret, eight-year-old Clementine gains several unique hairstyles while also helping her father in his efforts to banish pigeons from the front of their apartment building.

We will be meeting on Wednesday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk and register for Book Club!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

February Grades 1-2 Book Club: The Knights of the Kitchen Table


For February's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. Abigail, Cameron, Chase, Colten, Luna, Matt, Novi, Teddy and Trent were present. This is some of what we talked about!
Chapter 1
  1. Tell me the name of the character telling the story.  
  2. What are the names of Joe’s friends?  
  3. Who was attacking the three friends?  
Chapter 2
  1. Tell me about Joe’s uncle?
  2. What did Joe’s uncle give him for his birthday?
  3. What happened to make the boys travel into the book?  
Chapter 3
  1. How did the boys trick the knight?
  2. How did Fred knock the knight out and defeat him? 
  3. After the boys defeated the knight, what came charging toward them?  
Chapter 4
  1. Tell me about the three knights that approached the boys?  
  2. Why were the knights impressed with the friends?  
  3. What are the names of the three knights?  
  4. Why did the knights want the boys to go with them?  
Chapter 5
  1. What state were the boys trying to get back home to? 
  2. Who was King Arthur’s wife or queen?  
  3. What kind of a trick did Joe do for Merlin to show him he was an enchanter? 
  4. How did Merlin feel about Fred, Joe and Sam?  
Chapter 6
  1. Tell me about Bleob, the giant. 
  2. How did Sam try to trick the giant?   
Chapter 7
  1. How did Sam get Bleob to go fight the dragon?  
  2. What’s the name of the dragon that was going to attack the castle?   
  3. Tell me about Smaug?  
Chapter 8
  1. What game did Fred, Sam and Joe teach the stableboys? 
  2. Whose tower did Fred his the ball into?  
  3. How did Merlin react to ball coming into his tower?  
Chapter 9
  1. What’s the name of the sword King Arthur used to make the boys Knights of the Round Table?   
  2. What did Merlin use to send the boys back home?   
Chapter 10
  1. How did Joe’s mom feel about Uncle Joe’s present to him? 
  2. What did Joe find after returning home that made the boys realize their adventure was real?  
We also did a Word Search and had the opportunity to draw a giant!


For March's Book Club, we will be reading The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.


At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. 


We will be meeting on Wednesday, March 6 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk and register for Book Club!

March Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

.The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh

In 1707, young Sarah Noble and her father traveled through the wilderness to build a new home for their family. "Keep up your courage, Sarah Noble," her mother had said, but Sarah found that it was not always easy to feel brave inside. The dark woods were full of animals and Indians, too, and Sarah was only eight! 
The true story of Sarah's journey is inspiring. And as she cares for her father and befriends her Indian neighbors, she learns that to be afraid and to be brave is the greatest courage of all.





The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes

At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day. Wanda claims she has one hundred dresses at home, but everyone knows she doesn’t and bullies her mercilessly. The class feels terrible when Wanda is pulled out of the school, but by that time it’s too late for apologies. 




Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Set in the late nineteenth century and told from young Anna's point of view, Sarah, Plain and Tall tells the story of how Sarah Elisabeth Wheaton comes from Maine to the prairie to answer Papa's advertisement for a wife and mother. Before Sarah arrives, Anna and her younger brother Caleb wait and wonder. Will Sarah be nice? Will she sing? Will she stay?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

January Grades 1-2 Book Club: Fantastic Mr. Fox



For January's Book Club, we read Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. Cameron, Chase, Colten, Hallie, Luna, Matthew, Reis, and Zack were present. This is what we talked about!



Who was your favorite character in Fantastic Mr. Fox? Why?

-Mr. Fox. Because he's the main character.
-Mr. Fox. Because he's awesome. He finds a way for his family and friends not to die.
-Mr. Fox because his tail got shot off.
-Mr. Fox because he's so talented. He can get away from stuff very fast.
-Bogus, the fat guy, because he eats chicken and dumplings and I hate chicken.


Who was your least favorite character? Why?

-Bean because he eats (drinks) cider and I hate cider.
-Bean because he eats apples from a tree and I don't like them from a tree.
-Bean because how does he survive not eating? 
-All of the farmers are mean and terrible.
-Boggis and Bean and Mr. Fox and Mrs. Fox. I only like the chicken.
-The farmers because they were trying to kill Mr. Fox and his family.

Did you have a favorite scene? What was it?

-It's funny when, at the end of the book, the farmers are still just sitting there, waiting for Mr. Fox and friends to come out of the hole.
-The scene with Mabel and the rat. Mr. Fox stole the rat's cider.
-The whole book was my favorite scene.
-When they had the big feast.



Do you think it was okay that Mr. Fox was stealing from the farmers? What do you think you would do if you were in Mr. Fox's position?  

-Stealing from the farmers was okay. 
-I would chew my stomach instead of stealing.
-It would be okay if you were as starving as Mr. Fox and his friends.
-I would steal for the whole week. On the first day of the next week, I would steal from a different farmer.
-No, because he was stealing. Stealing is bad no matter what.
-Who would want to arrest a fox?


Do you think that the farmers got what they deserved at the end of the book? Do you think they ever left their spots over the fox hole, waiting for Mr. Fox (and his family and friends) to come out?

-I think that they stayed there the whole time. They deserved it. They were bad.


We then worked on worksheets and did a Roald Dahl word search to talk more about the book.

Please rate this book from 1-5, with 1 being a terrible book and 5 being one of the best books you've read.  

-One 1
-One 2
-Two 4
-One 5



For February's Book Club, we will be reading Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Scieszka. We will meet on Wednesday, February 6 at 3:00 p.m.

Joe receives a magic book for his birthhday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

Please be sure to register for Book Club and pick up your copy of the book at the Circulation Desk.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

February Grades 1-2 Book Club Suggestions

The Knights of the Kitchen Table #1 (Time Warp Trio) by John Scieszka. Illustrated by Lane Smith


Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.


Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Tommy and his sister Annika have a new neighbor, and her name is Pippi Longstocking. She has crazy red pigtails, no parents to tell her what to do, a horse that lives on her porch, and a flair for the outrageous that seems to lead to one adventure after another!


The Trouble with Chickens by Doreen Cronin. Illustrated by Kevin Cornell

J.J. Tully is a former search-and-rescue dog who is trying to enjoy his retirement after years of performing daring missions saving lives. So he's not terribly impressed when two chicks named Dirt and Sugar (who look like popcorn on legs) and their chicken mom show up demanding his help to find their missing siblings. Driven by the promise of a cheeseburger, J.J. begins to track down clues. Is Vince the Funnel hiding something? Are there dark forces at work—or is J.J. not smelling the evidence that's right in front of him?

October Grades 1-2 Book Club: Toys Go Out

For October's Grades 1-2 Book Club, we read Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins. Annemarie, Chase, Colten, Dylan, Eden, Joseph, LJ, Lyla, a...