Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Follow the Line to School

Ljungkvist, Laura (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2011. 28 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9780670012268 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting, 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

Description:

Packed with fun details, this mixture of photographs, hand drawings and digitally rendered objects captures the wonderful chaos of a preschool classroom. Each page represents a different subject. On the science page, the wall is plastered with images of leaves, planets and maps. Shelves hold boxes labelled bugs, shells, leaves and rocks, along with growing plants and animal figurines. The text asks questions such as, “Elephants live in Africa and Asia. How many elephants do you see?”

Jam-packed illustrations beg the reader to slow down and take time with every scene. The text is simple, mostly made up of questions designed to instigate dialogue: “Which of the instruments shown here have strings?” and “What colour do you get if you mix blue and yellow paint?” Each page is bursting with a collection of simple, straightforward images that create the welcoming and fascinating world of early education.

The school day deals with things like the days of the week, colours, nutrition, hygiene and even caring for Fred, the class pet. A black line, referenced in the title, runs playfully through each scene, connecting each subject and providing a sense of continuity, until the line eventually leads out the door at the end of the school day.

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    Browse the book, noticing how the line connects page-to-page. Read the story, but only the parts that are connected by the line. Take turns tracing the line on the page to see whether it is continuous or not.

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    What elements in the illustrations look like your school? Which ones are different? Use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the school in the book with yours.

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    In a small group, read and answer the questions about the illustrations.

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    Make a class book in the same style. Take photographs of places in your school. Formulate I Spy-type questions about the illustrations.

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    Browse the book, noticing how the line connects page-to-page. Read the story, but only the parts that are connected by the line. Take turns finger-tracing the line to see whether it is continuous or not. As the line is traced, give directions such as left, right, up and around.

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    What elements in the illustrations look like your school? Which ones are different? Use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the school in the book with your own.

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    In small groups, read the questions and find the answers. Create new questions in the same style. Test your questions on another group.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Citizenship and Community Life