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Kyle Goes Alone

Thornhill, Jan (Author)
Barron, Ashley (Illustrator)
Owlkids 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781771470759 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, 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:

Doing things for the first time can be scary. Especially when you think you’re alone. In this lighthearted story, readers will cheer for Kyle, a sloth who lives high up in a rainforest canopy with his mom. While sloths rarely descend to the forest floor, on this particular day, “Kyle has to go.” His mom decides he’s old enough to go alone. At first, he’s not sure this is a great idea—“Kyle felt dizzy. The forest floor was a long, long, long way away”—but he ventures off anyway thanks to his mom’s encouragement.

Dialogue keeps the story lively. Soon, Kyle realizes he isn’t as alone as he thought. “‘You’re doing great!’ called his mom. ‘But I’m all alone!’ cried Kyle. ‘No, you’re not,’ someone squawked. It was one of his neighbours, a red-spectacled parrot.” Along the way, other friendly neighbours help Kyle overcome his fears, while readers are introduced to rainforest wildlife: a green and yellow whipsnake hisses, a tiger-legged monkey tree frog croaks and a leaf-cutting ant whispers.

Characters are rendered in brilliantly coloured paper-cut collages. The layering of shapes and colours demonstrates how creatures can camouflage themselves in nature, a phenomenon described in the endnotes. Also included are a few informative paragraphs on sloths themselves. In keeping with the theme of “having to go,” this section is playfully entitled, “The Poop about Three-toed Sloths.”

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    Watch a teacher-selected video about sloths. Make a list of appropriate descriptive adjectives.

  •  Make predictions about the story based on the title and cover. Revise your predictions as you read. What does “go” refer to in this story?
  •  Why does the orientation of the page change throughout the story? Look at other books that use portrait or landscape orientation deliberately.
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    Discuss how Kyle’s mother encourages him to be more independent. How do your parents and teachers help you grow?

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    Go for a picture walk and note the setting and animals. Discuss the art. Practise the names of the animals and plants to learn their names. Discuss why the page orientation changes from horizontal to vertical and back.

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    Discuss what you think the story is about. Make predictions. Write them on a class list to compare after the read-aloud.

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    As the story is read aloud, join in the repetitive parts.

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    Discuss how Kyle’s mother encourages him to be more independent. How do your parents and teachers help you grow?

  • To adopt effective work methods
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To solve problems
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Physical Education and Health
  • Science and Technology
  • Visual Arts