TITLE: ALL THE WATER IN THE WORLD
AUTHOR: George Ella Lyon
ILLUSTRATOR: Katherine Tillotson
PUBLICATION INFO: Atheneum/Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing, 2011
INTENDED AUDIENCE: grades pre-K through 2nd
GENRE: nonfiction picture book
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“All the water in the world … is all the water in the world.”
From the publisher’s Website:
from each of these
But where does
To find out, honey,
turn the page,
with eyes and ears and nose—
at the flow
of this great world’s
THEMES/TOPICS: science, water cycle
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: This is my favorite kind of nonfiction picture book. Lyon’s voice is so strong and lyrical that children will be swept up in the poetry. They may not even realize that they are learning something until the end.
- George Ella Lyon provides a teacher’s guide on her site.
- The EPA has this lesson plan on the water cycle for grades K-3 and 4-6.
- The US Geological Survey has a cartoon infographic about the water cycle, here. They also have a graphic available as a placemat. Now you can think about the water cycle when you have a glass of water with dinner.
- For grades 3-5, check out Scholastic’s Study Jams lesson plan on the water cycle.
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TITLE: THERE’S A RAT IN MY SOUP: COULD YOU SURVIVE MEDIEVAL FOOD? (Ye Yucky Middle Ages series)
AUTHOR: Chana Stiefel
ILLUSTRATOR: Gerald Kelly
PUBLICATION INFO: Enslow, 2012 (Paperback)
SOURCE: Publisher-provided copy
INTENDED AUDIENCE: Grades 3-5 (Amazon), Grades 5 – 9 (publisher); I think Amazon’s grade-level designation is more appropriate.
OPENING and SYNOPSIS:
“Turning a long metal skewer, the cook roasts a whole swan over a blazing fire. For gravy, he mixes the bird’s blood with its heart, liver, and guts. He stirs in pieces of bread and adds some broth. The swan’s skin and feathers are then stuck back onto its body to make it look alive. Dinner is served!”
Enjoy reading about mouth-watering “delicacies” like this roast swan, pottage (think gruel), blackbird-filled pies and more in this delightful romp through medieval cooking. In 48 pages, Stiefel covers royal food and feasts, as well as the peasants’ plight. She also looks at the constant threat of starvation that plagued the people of the Middle Ages.
THEMES/TOPICS: history (European), cookery
WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: This gross-out books is gobs of fun. Stiefel’s prose is delightfully descriptive. Her conversational and humorous voice truly put the “story” in this history. Yet, at the same time, it’s clear this is a well-researched text. Stiefel includes quotes from people who lived in the Middle Ages, as well as other tidbits, like the shopping list for a 6,000-person feast. Gerald Kelley’s lively illustrations are a perfect match for the text, keeping the book fun and engaging for young readers. You’ll find it hard to put down.