Raczka, B. (2011). Fall mixed up. New York, NY: Scholastic, Inc.
The fall season is explored through various silly “mistakes” surrounding its characteristics, Children must attempt to figure out all of the misrepresentations of fall and change them to the truth!
Genre: Concept picturebook
Readers who will like this book: Children whose favorite season is fall, children who enjoy silly stories, children who like solving problems.
Response and rating: 5, I think this book provides a great way to engage children in learning about the fall season! In comparing it to other concept books that I have read, I love that it presents an opportunity to actively engage students in the thinking process, rather than simply just presenting the material to them. The illustrations in the book are very whimsical and I love that each illustration spans across a two page spread. Although the book is meant to be silly, I think that the author did a great job of providing textual clues and prompts for students about the corrections to make for his silly mistakes.
Question: Picture a fall day in your head. What are some of the things that you see? What are some things that you think about when you think of the fall season?
Reading Strategy: Book Boxes (Tompkins pgs.12-14)
Creating book boxes with students is a great way to develop and further student comprehension around a content area. This strategy begins with allowing students to decorate some form of box with the book title and any drawings/pictures they choose. Next, students bring in or find objects to place in the book box that relate to the concepts in the story. In this case, students would bring in objects that represent fall to place in their boxes. Ideally, a copy of the book would be placed in the box as well.
This strategy is an appropriate approach for this book because it allows students to express the ideas in the book visually, which can help them further their comprehension of the ideas expressed in the book. It would also be a great part of a themed unit on fall because students could put other fall books, objects, poems, etc. in their box to create an entire collection of material!