We talked about predators and escaping danger. We read
- Oh No! by Candace Fleming, illustrated by Eric Rohmann
- Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein
- Swimmy by Leo Lionni
- What Do You Do When Something Wants to Eat You? by Steve Jenkins
Oh No! is a favorite book at our house; my three-year-old loves to recite it, especially the kudzu vine and banyan tree parts. The other day as we were driving down the road she said, "Wow! Look at that cloud--it's a 'whopping big branch.'" Yep, guess she picked up that vocabulary.
We talked about making friends and read
- Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf
- Hello, My Name is Ruby by Philip C. Stead
- My Name Is Elizabeth by Annika Dunklee, illustrated by Matthew Forsythe
I brought a butternut squash to class, and after we read Sophie's Squash, we took a vote--eat it, or name it and put a face on it? . . . Meet Bentley.
We read about sharks and trains.
- Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
- Crossing by Philip Booth, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline
- Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Dan Santat
- "About the Teeth of Sharks" by John Ciardi
The kids loved the poem by John Ciardi (and I love my Folkmanis shark puppet). The second-graders even requested an encore. But here is the interesting thing: When I first memorized this poem, I took it from National Geographic Book of Animal Poetry: 200 Poems with Photographs That Squeak, Soar, and Roar! edited by J. Patrick Lewis, but later my daughter was reading You Read to Me, I'll Read to You, and the version there is different. What a difference a word makes.