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review 2018-09-09 20:21
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush - Tomie dePaola

The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush is an inspiring text about the main character Little Gopher pursuing his destiny. Although he is smaller than all the other boys and can never keep up, he perseveres and uses his artistic gift to paint pictures that his people would remember forever. This would be a great book to integrate when teaching a unit on Native Americans or when discussing culture. An extension activity could be to create an anchor chart with key characteristics of legends so students have a better understanding of them. It would also be fun to create a list of descriptive words and give students Indian names. 


Guided Reading level: O

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review 2018-01-28 22:57
The Quicksand Book - Tomie dePaola


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A cool book that is as educational and as it is entertaining. A great way to learn about quicksand. The information is simple and easy to understand while still incorporating a fun story. A nice way to learn.

And I really liked the ending. 


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review 2016-11-11 19:07
Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush - Tomie dePaola

I love this book!!  It would be to broaden my students horizons with their knowledge of other cultures by reading this book.  It is very out there and mystical, but it does teach a pretty good lesson on not comparing your gifts to others', and on realizing that everyone plays an important role.  It has a 2.8 reading level.  I could have my students paint their own sunset scenes for fun.  It would be fun and different.

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review 2016-11-11 03:10
Days of the Week
Cookie's Week - Cindy Ward,Tomie dePaola

In the story Cookie's week, everything is going wrong and he is getting very discouraged. Cookie has something go wrong each day of the week. In my classroom I could introduce this in two ways. One being learning the days of the week with my Kindergarten students. This is a way we could go over them. Hearing this book being read could also help them to remember them. Second we could learn about how in your life there can always be a time where things will not go your way. I would tell my students that it is important to stay positive and things will always get better.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: Kindergarten

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review 2016-10-29 22:52
Cookie's Week
Cookie's Week - Cindy Ward,Tomie dePaola

Written by Cindy Ward

Illustrated by Tomie dePaola


Cookie is a mischievous black and white kitten who gets into trouble every day of the week, knocking over trash cans and getting shut in drawers. What will Cookie do on Sunday?


This book would be great for discussing days of the week with kindergarten or as a simple introduction to exclamation marks in first grade. Cookie is a lovable kitten and the colorful illustrations will keep readers engaged.

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