August 22, 2011

Two for one Tuesday



Tuesdays are usually reserved for a Book Talk but today I just could not resist. I am sharing two books because they are both so stinking cute. Prepare yourself for Book Talks. Well worth the time. I promise!

Book One
 I Wanna Iguana written by Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrated by David Catrow

If you haven't heard of this book before you will be so glad you are reading this. My school librarian showed it to me last year and my second graders loved it. She is such an amazing lady! All schools need great librarians. Anyways, back to the book. Look at these adorable illustrations. Priceless.


The story is told through letters exchanged between a child who wants a pet iguana and his mother. The exchanges are heartfelt and witty, and demonstrate proper letter form. Your children will laugh at Alex's problem solving skills and his mother's replies.

If I read this book again I would have each student choose an animal they would like for a pet, research it, and then write two letters. I made a simple worksheet to use, click here to download it for yourself.

Book Two
I Wanna New Room written by Karen Kaufman Orloff
Illustrated by David Catrow



I had no idea that there was another book. I did a little happy dance in the library as I picked it up. I don't think anyone noticed. It's perfectly normal to get excited about great books right?  I have to admit I love this one as much as I Wanna Iguana. Alex is suddenly forced to share a room with his baby brother. See how he tries to overcome this obstacle through letters to his father. I just love the ending. So cute!

A perfect book to review letter writing or persuasive writing. Discuss which letters seem to make the most difference. How does Alex's reasoning change over the course of the book?

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