Horned Toad Prince

Author’s website: http://www.jackiemimshopkins.com/

Reba Jo loves riding all over the wild prairie and roping any critter unlucky enough to cross her path. But when the spunky cowgirl finds herself in a mess of trouble, she’s forced to strike a deal with a horned toad–he’ll save her hide, but only if she grants him three wishes. Reba Jo tries her darnedest to weasel out of her part of the bargain, but the clever horned toad won’t let her off the hook. In the end, she learns an important lesson that a promise is a promise and that words once spoken are not easily taken back.

Horned Toad Prince
Reading Street: Horned Toad Prince PowerPoint

Grandfather’s Journey

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Home becomes elusive in this story about immigration and acculturation, pieced together through old pictures and salvaged family tales. Both the narrator and his grandfather long to return to Japan, but when they do, they feel anonymous and confused: “The funny thing is, the moment I am in one country, I am homesick for the other.” Allen Say’s prose is succinct and controlled, to the effect of surprise when monumental events are scaled down to a few words: “The young woman fell in love, married, and sometime later I was born.” The book also has large, formal paintings in delicate, faded colors that portray a cherished and well-preserved family album. The book, for audiences ages 4 to 8, won the 1994 Caldecott Medal.

About The Author

Allen Say was born in Yokohama, Japan, in 1937. He dreamed of becoming a cartoonist from the age of six, and, at age twelve, apprenticed himself to his favorite cartoonist, Noro Shinpei. For the next four years, Say learned to draw and paint under the direction of Noro, who has remained Say’s mentor. Say illustrated his first children’s book — published in 1972 — in a photo studio between shooting assignments. For years, Say continued writing and illustrating children’s books on a part-time basis. But in 1987, while illustrating THE BOY OF THE THREE-YEAR NAP (Caldecott Honor Medal), he recaptured the joy he had known as a boy working in his master’s studio. It was then that Say decided to make a full commitment to doing what he loves best: writing and illustrating children’s books. Since then, he has written and illustrated many books, including TREE OF CRANES and GRANDFATHER’S JOURNEY, winner of the 1994 Caldecott Medal. He is a full-time writer and illustrator living in Portland, Oregon.

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Other great books by Allen Say

Reading Street: Grandfather’s Journey PowerPoint

Lewis & Clark & Your Money


Did you realize the nickels in your pocket may have a connection to our current reading selection? In commemoration of the bicentennials of the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark expedition, the Jefferson 5-cent coin (a.k.a. the nickel) to reflect images of the historic expedition into the Louisiana Territory. The United States Mint began the Westward Journey Nickel Series in 2004 with the release of the “Peace Medal” and “Keelboat” nickels. In 2005, the “President Jefferson with Handwritten Liberty” image appeared on the obverse with two new designs on the reverse: “American Bison” and “Ocean in view! O! The joy!” In 2006 the obverse features the “Jefferson, 1800″ image and the reverse features “Return to Monticello”.

Any of you have a complete set? Comment to tell us about it.

Another Book You Need #4: Project Lettering


The Project Lettering Book – Robert Ainsworth

Where do words and art blend together perfectly? The answer is Project Lettering, a great old book I picked up today. In his book,”The Lettering Project Book”, Author/artist Robert Ainsworth shares ways to make boring words exciting by using art to bring the words to life.

The book will be available to the class on Tuesday (I am going to let Jayden M. borrow it on Monday). For now, enjoy these preview pictures.

ISBN 0-439-22788-7

The Wright Video

wrightOrville and Wilbur Wright were a fascinating pair. Not only did they invent, build, and fly the first airplane, they were also idiosyncratic individuals who had a unique relationship, sharing a home, a bank account, and a business throughout their lives. Their story is portrayed here in brief, accessible chapters, beginning with their childhood fascination with flight and love of problem solving, then detailing their early experiments and dangerous trial runs in North Carolina, and ending with their successful flights of 1903. This well-researched and personable biography is illustrated with elegant watercolors by flight enthusiast and noted artist Robert Andrew Parker, and will be published just in time for the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ first flight. Timeline, endnotes, bibliography.

Another Book You Need #3: Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg


The 2010 Newbery Honor Book by highly acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick is a  page-turner.  In this book, twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine, to find his older brother, Harold, who has been sold into the Union Army. With laugh-aloud humor, Homer outwits and outruns a colorful assortment of civil War-era thieves, scallywags, and spies as he makes his way south, following clues that finally lead him to Gettysburg. Even through a hail of gunfire, Homer never loses heart–but will he find his brother? Or will it be too late?  With engaging wit and comical repartee reminiscent of Mark Twain, master storyteller Rodman Philbrick introduces us to the unforgettable character of Homer.

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