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Can’t Scare Me!

Bryan, Ashley (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 36 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781442476578 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 398.2
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, dialogue

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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Children will enjoy this cautionary tale that celebrates adventurous spirits. Rhythmic language evokes music and song to convey a bold little boy’s misadventure with giants: “Too-de-loo-de-loo-de-loot! Tanto, tanto, I’m wild and I’m free. Grandma’s stories can’t scare me.” Young readers may note that lack of fear doesn’t mean lack of trouble. But even when he’s captured by the three-headed giant and his wife, the only thing that frightens the boy is the giant’s singing.

Painted illustrations dazzle with bright, flowing shapes, depicting a magical, tropical world. In one spread, the boy plays his flute for the giant’s wife. His music flows as she dances. Her magenta skin contrasts with her yellow hat and the air undulates in wavy lines. In the final spread, having escaped back to the safety of Grandma, shapes and colours return to their sunny norm. Grandma plays the boy’s flute as the sun shines rainbow beams.

In this twinkling tale, experience teaches readers to have fear, without tamping out courage: “Dear Grandma, now that I know fear, I will be good, don’t worry. If only you would tell me soon . . .FOUR-HEADED GIANT’S STORY!”

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    Discuss the concept of stories in verse. List the unique characteristics of this story. Which part is your favourite? Sing or say it aloud. 

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    Create a list of rhyming words from the book. What do you notice about the way these words are spelled? 

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    Discuss the meaning of the phrase: the boy outwits his captor. Create a list of synonyms for outwitting. Place these words on a chart to be used in future writing assignments.

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    Discuss the difference between brave and arrogant, between cunning and smart. How would you describe the boy? What were his parents hoping for by sending him to his grandmother’s? Do you think he learned a lesson? What would you have done in his shoes?

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    Imagine the boy runs into a four-headed monster. In pairs, create a verse to accompany this latest adventure. 

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    Discuss what scares you. What are some common fears? What does it mean to be brave? How can people face their fears? 

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    Examine the front and back book covers and the title. Predict what the story will be about. What do you think the boy is afraid of?

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    Make a WANTED poster for the two-headed giant or his three-headed brother. Include a description of the monster, where it was last seen, the reason it is wanted by the authorities and the reward for its capture.

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    Practise chanting the little boy’s song: “Tanto, tanto, I’m wild and I’m free . . .”

  • To communicate appropriately
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Health and Well-Being