Rosalie, My Rosalie

Title: Rosalie, My Rosalie

Bibliography: Mitchard, J. (2005). Rosalie, My Rosalie. New York: HarperCollins.

Short Annotation: Main character Henry Marie really, really wants a pet! She doesn’t care what kind of pet, just something to play with. Her parents keep making excuses about why she couldn’t have certain pets until her father comes home with a duckling! They immediately become inseparable and Henry Marie learns that taking care of a pet is harder than it looks.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Readers who will like this book: Children who like animals

Personal response and rating: I thought this book was kind of generic and I got a little bored towards the middle. Rating: 2

Question: What responsibilities are there with having a pet of your own? Is it hard taking care of a pet?


Along Came a Dog

DeJong, M. (1958). Along came a dog. New York, NY: HarperCollins Children’s Books.

This Newberry Honor Book tells the tale of a lonely dog searching for a home who finds friendship in a hen. This book is told from the point of view of the dog as well as from the point of view of the hen he protects!


Grade level: 3rd-6th

Readers who would like this:Children who enjoy realistic animal stories, children who are interested in animal behavior, children who enjoy stories of friendship.

Rating and response:4; This book was really sweet. At first, I did not think that I was going to like the book due to the fact that there is really no conversation  and it doesn’t really tell you the animals “thoughts,” however upon reading deeper into the story it is really a perfect exemplar of loyalty, staying true to one’s self, and belonging. It did seem a little repetitive when I was reading, however I think this is a good thing for the target age range, especially for those just transitioning into longer books!

Question: Have you ever felt like you had to protect something? What? Why?


Chester’s Way

Bibliographic Information: Henkes, K. (1988). Chester’s way. New York, NY: Greenwillow Books.

Brief Annotation: Chester and Wilson are best friends, and they have a particular way of doing things- until Lily moves into the neighborhood and changes everything.

Genre: Fantasy (Animal Fantasy); Contemporary Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: PreK-4th

Readers who will like this: Readers who struggle with making new friends; readers who are fiercely independent; readers who enjoy stories featuring strong female characters.

Rating/Response: 5; In Chester’s Way, Henkes has woven together themes of acceptance, growth, and friendship in a delightful tale. Chester and Wilson feel like very believable boys (although they are mice), and Lily bursts with energy. This book can be long for some children, but most will stay engaged enough in the story to maintain focus.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Sometimes it can be hard to make a new friend. What are some things that make it easier to make friends with someone you don’t know?


Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear!

Title: Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear!

Bibliographic information: White Carlstrom, N. (2004). Climb the Family Tree, Jesse Bear! New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Brief annotation: Jesse Bear gets to spend some time with his family – and is finally old enough to climb the family tree!

Genre: Realistic animal fiction

Grade: Kindergarten – 2nd

Readers who will like this: Readers who like spending time and making memories with family will enjoy this book.

Rating: 4 – I really enjoyed that this book showed the many different traditions that a family can have. I enjoy my traditions with my family and think that they are very important for families to have.

Questions: Do you have any special traditions with your family?

Learning strategy: Have students create their own family tree to share with the class.


The Big Snow

Title: The Big Snow

Bibliography: Hader, B., Hader E. (1948). The Big Snow. New York: Simon & Schuster Books.

Short Annotation: As fall turns into winter and snow begins to fall, all sorts of animals begin preparing for it.   The animals stay busy by gather food find shelter for when the temperature drops.

Genre: Realistic Animal Story Picture Book

Grade Level: K-2

Readers who will like this book: Children who enjoy animals, children who are learning about seasons, children who enjoy winter

Personal response and rating: The book was short and sweet. I think it’s simplicity was refreshing and the pictures were in great correspondence with the text.

Question: How do we prepare for winter? Are there ways that animals prepare for winter?

Reading Strategy Connection:

a. Reading strategy: Guided Reading

b: This strategy is small-group reading and involves the students reading individually until a teacher passes by and one by one they’ll whisper read.

c: I think this strategy would work with this book because it’s along with being an award winning book, it has a simple storyline so attention can be focused on engagement and enthusiasm of reading the story.


Wemberly Worried

Title: Wemberly Worried

Bibliographic Information: Henkes, K. (2000). Wemberly worried. Hong Kong: Greenwillow Books.

Annotation: Wemberly worried about every little thing. Wemberly worried about her friends, her birthday, family, the activities she participated in, and more. Once Wemberly started school she learned not to be so worried all of the time.

Genre: Picture book, Realistic Animal fiction

Grade level: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Readers who will like this book: Young readers who have the tendency to worry more than they should will enjoy this book. Hopefully this book well help the reader not worry so much about the little things.

Personal response/rating: I rate this book a 5, because I could relate to it and I think many readers can. I worry all of the time but more than half of the time it is not even necessary. Wemberly is a fun and interesting character who is enjoyable to read about.  

Question I would ask before the reading: What are some things you worry about?


As Luck Would Have It

Bibliographic Information: San Souci, R.D. (2008). As Luck Would Have It. Atlanta: August House LittleFolk

Short Annotation: Jonas and Juniper were left at home after their parents went to take care of their sick grandmother. They had to be responsible and take on the daily chores. Things kept going wrong for them, then to top it off they were robbed. Jonas and Juniper must figure out how to get their money back as well as fix their mistakes before their parents come back.

Genre: Contemporary Realistic Fiction.

Grade Level: Third to Fifth grade.

Audience: Students would like this book.

Personal Rating and Response: I give this book a rating of eight. I liked how this book showed two young teenagers taking on the responsibilities of the household chores when their parents were away. I liked how they took care of their actions by fixing whatever mistakes they had made.

Question: What kind of chores do you have to do?



Bibliographic: Freeman, D. (1968). Corduroy. New York: Viking Press.

Short annotation: This is the story of a department story bear named Corduroy. He loses one of the buttons on his corduroy pants and goes on an adventure through the department story to find his missing button.

The genre: Picture book, Realistic animal fiction

Grade level: Young children ranging from 3 to 8

Readers who like this book: Young children, Parents, Educators

Personal response and rating: I would give this book a 5; I loved this story because it sends the message that everything can be found again it just may not be in the way you expect.

Question: Have you every lost something that meant a lot to you?


Time to Sleep

Time to Sleep

Denise, F. ( 2001) Time to Sleep . New York, New York: Henry Holt & Company, LLC

This book is about a bear who realizes winter is coming. He goes to spread the word to a snail, who then goes to tell another animal. It continues on, until the word gets back to bear who is already sleep.

Realistic animal.


Readers who like animals; Readers who are interested in why animals hibernate.

Rate:5; I feel the book was really cute. It shows what animals who hibernate during the winter do and how to share important information with others.

What do you know about bears?


The Berenstain Bears: Report Card Trouble

Berenstain, S., & Berenstain, J. (2002).The Berenstain bears’ report card trouble. New York: Random House.

Brother Bear got all D’s on his report card but one. When Papa Bear sees the report card, he is forced to punish Brother, but Mama Bear wonders if Brother is the only one to blame.

Genre: Realistic Talking Animal, Fiction, Picturebook

Grades: 1st- 3rd

Audience: Students, Parents, Teachers, Other Caregivers

I would give this book a four. The reason I did not give this book a five is because I disagreed with the idea students and parents are both responsible when students are not making the grade.

Have you ever failed a test or known someone who has failed a test?