This section includes descriptions and links to recommended picture books that make excellent feature books in different themes or are special favorites that can extend and enrich the study of a particular subject.
Featured Book Activity
The Nightingale - Oleynikov
written by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Igor Oleynikov
After reading both books we discuss some of the obvious differences in the tale as presented by the illustrators. We make a list of significant questions to ask to compare the versions and prepare a T-chart on chart paper or whiteboard for recording our answers. Some of these include the style of and color in the paintings, the setting of the story, how the Emperor finds out about the nightingale, what happens to the mechanical bird, and what the nightingale says to the Emperor on its return. The recording can be done participating as one group or half of the individuals may be charged with recording the information for one book and half the other with the entire group reconvening to discuss the results.
With more mature groups I ask that they write a piece about the book they prefer with at least two specific reasons to support their position.
Make a connection
written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, illustrated by Kay Chorao
written and illustrated by Dick Gackenbach
The quality of life for the main character in each of these books is greatly diminished because of their worry and fear of the unknown future. Each has an epiphany which changes his attitude and behavior. Little Bug listens to the Voice and goes cheerfully out into the world while Thornton the Worrier comes to a more joyful approach to life through his relationship with the man who never worried.