We talked about finding adventure without leaving home. We read
- The Story of Fish & Snail by Deborah Freedman
- Blackout by John Rocco
- If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead
We talked about Erin Stead's beautiful pictures made using linoleum blocks and pencil, and I showed them a few linoleum blocks and explained the print-making process.
We talked about dogs--well-intentioned, naughty, and loyal. We read
- Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton
- The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg
- Bone Dog by Eric Rohmann
Some of the kids were positive that Fritz had actually been turned into a duck, and others were just as certain that he had not. They made some fairly convincing arguments.
And since we were a week away from Halloween, we talked about scary things. We read
- Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers
- The Kindhearted Crocodile by Lucia Panzieri, illustrated by Anton Gionata Ferrari
- The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
- Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Peter Brown
When I asked what they were afraid of, not one person mentioned food. Maybe they've never been stalked by carrots.