Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday Story

I have not blogged in a long time!
Life has been very busy, and I had to put my blogging hobby on hold.
I am back with a book review.

I am always looking for a new read aloud and in today’s blog post I am going to share with you a new book called Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon.

I was immediately drawn to this charming story because of the captivating illustrations. Frann Preston-Gannon does an excellent job of taking the reader on an adventure in words and pictures. Students will quickly realize that the words tell one story and the pictures tell another.

Sloth Slept On is an engaging and delightful picture book.

About the Book
One day while playing in the backyard, three children notice a mysterious creature snoozing in a tree. They try to get the creature to tell them his name and where he belongs, but they get no answers. The children have lots of questions, and so they set off to find some answers never noticing all of the posters and newspaper articles about a sloth that has broken out of the zoo!
Where will they find all the answers about this mysterious creature?? Ahh, yes books!!!

Bumper Sticker for Book:
Books can answer questions for you!

Reason It’s a Good Read Aloud:

This book has a great beginning that gets the students’ attention. Some students will immediately pick up on the clues that the Sloth has escaped from the zoo and some may not. This story is short which is important for teacher read aloud. The length of this book makes it easy for repeated reading.

Ideas in the Classroom:

*Primary students love to make predictions! Sloth Slept On offers many opportunities for students to turn and talk to a partner about their predictions.
*Sloth Slept On is a book in which students need to interpret the pictures as well as the words.
*The story has a strong beginning, middle and end for retelling.
*Frann Preston made many interesting decisions when creating the illustrations, layout, and font.
*Sloth Slept On has a surprising ending that students will find humorous.
*This book has the ability to engage students in great conversation about fiction and nonfiction.

Sloth Slept On by Frann Preston-Gannon is a must buy picture book for your classroom library!


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