Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Happy

van Hout, Mies (Author/Illustrator)
Lemniscaat 2012. 44 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781935954149 (hardcover)
Original language: Dutch
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns

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:

The simple, but effective design of this book features double-page spreads of a chalk-like fish drawing and an accompanying adjective (on the opposite page) to showcase some 20 emotions that almost every child will recognize.

Each flamboyantly coloured spread is devoted to one fish and one emotion (e.g. sad, bored, afraid, curious), with the lettering of the adjective perfectly matched to suit the facial features and body language of the fish. The first is “Happy” (also the title) on the book’s black cover, whose vibrant lettering echoes the feeling represented by the illustrated fish—a predominantly red, wide-eyed, smiley-faced creature. “Brave” appears solidly in white lettering against a red background, and is accompanied by a small, confident fish staring up into the darkness.

More impressionistic than realistic, the artwork infuses this book with a certain sparkle and radiance, and will inspire readers to try their hand with some chalk and black paper.

  •  

    Discuss the meanings of the words, and talk about how the pictures illustrate those definitions. 

  •  

    Write a short poem using some of the words.

  •  

    Choose one of the words and invent a story around that word.

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    Make a list of the words and arrange them in alphabetical order.

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    Find synonyms for some of the words and record these on an anchor chart.

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    Read along and act out the emotions in the book.

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    Find and act out the opposites of some of the words in the book (e.g. happy/sad, brave/afraid).

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    Make a picture dictionary of emotions, using photos of classmates or pictures from magazines.

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  • Drama
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Visual Arts