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Do You Know Porcupines?

Bergeron, Alain M. (Author)
Quintin, Michel (Author)
Sampar (Author/Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2013. 64 pages
First published: 2013
Series: Do You Know?
ISBN: 9781554553211 (paperback)
Original language: French
Dewey: 599.35
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

structures and features

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:

Did you know that more than 20 porcupine species exist in the world? Or that the North American variety possesses approximately 30,000 quills? Did you know that a porcupine loves salt so much it will eat anything covered with sweat? Fascinating and informative, this two-for-one offering consists of quick, fingertip facts and a narrative about a porcupine who can’t seem to get a social life.

Informational text and comical writing converge on cheeky illustrations of porcupines in various scenarios where they aren’t welcome, for obvious reasons.

Each double-page spread presents the facts about porcupines in two ways: one as a simple line or two of informative text, the other in humorous, graphic novel format. In one spread, the judge tells a porcupine contestant on The Voice that despite her various “whines, moans, grunts, coughs, sharp cries, yelps and wails,” “nothing even remotely resembles a song. NEXT!”

An index allows for easy referencing while words in bold font can be found in a simple glossary at the end.

  •  

    Create a graphic organizer listing all the new and interesting facts you learn about porcupines.

  •  

    Create an advertisement (print or video) for a pet store selling their latest, greatest pet: The Porcupine.

  •  Write a poem about porcupines.
  •  

    With a partner, read aloud the text in the speech bubbles. Discuss what makes the text hilarious.

  •  

    Brainstorm what you know about porcupines and what you want to know. As you read, complete a KWL chart.

  •  

    Discuss what makes a text humorous. Explore a few sets of panels. Does the humour come from the language, the pictures, your prior knowledge or something else?

  •  

    Use the panels as models to create humorous vignettes about what happens in school.

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    Discuss how humour can sometimes be unpleasant or hurtful to others. Discuss guidelines for what is acceptable. Is it the same for everyone? Find examples in this book or in other titles of this series.

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