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Adventures With Barefoot Critters

White, Teagan (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781770496248 (hardcover)
9781770496262 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 421
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

point of view, recurring patterns, setting

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This rhyming story takes readers through the alphabet and the months of the year, as a group of young animal friends undertake fun activities for every season: “In January we clean the attic and try on old clothes. And we build a bridge out of branches over the river that froze.”

Sweet and clever illustrations use subtle colour palettes to concoct delightfully detailed scenes of creative play, indoors and out. The world of these animal friends is abundant in musical instruments, gardening tools, craft projects, kites, paper airplanes—with no electronic screens in sight. Their seasonal activities include playing in mud, a picnic, fort-building and more. In one image, the fox (in argyle socks) stands, rake in hand, as the squirrel (in cable-knit sweater and hoodie) leaps off a tree-swing into the leaf-pile: “in September we rake leaves that are no longer green.” In the next, the deer and triceratops float homemade sailboats, while the mouse skips stones: “On cool days we set ships to sail in the stream.”

Each page includes a stamp-effect letter in its capitalized form, with bold text identifying all the words on the page that begin with the same letter. In image and language, this alphabet book conveys a warm and nostalgic look at a passing year, along with great ideas for fun with friends.

  •  Brainstorm what it means to have an adventure. Make a class mind map to organize the ideas.
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    As the book is read aloud, decide whether the information leads to adventure. When it does, add it to the mind map.

  •  Do a picture walk and identify details that help to infer which season is being illustrated.
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    Use this as a model text and create a class alphabet book in the same style, with letters, months, seasons and adventures. Choose the adventures from the mind map. 

  •  

    Brainstorm what would be an adventure for you. Make a class mind map to organize the ideas.

  •  

    As the book is read aloud, decide whether the information leads to adventure. When it does, add it to the mind map.

  •  Explore the pictures and text to identify the passage of the seasons.
  •  

    Create a class alphabet book in the same style. Sort the letters of the alphabet and the months and seasons they will represent. Choose the adventures from the mind map.

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use creativity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Science and Technology