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Mind Your Manners, B.B. Wolf

Sierra, Judy (Author)
Seibold, J. Otto (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2007. 36 pages
First published: 2007
ISBN: 9780375835322 (hardcover)
9780307931016 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, point of view, 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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

In this story, the Big Bad Wolf tries to learn his manners for a tea party at the library. “I don’t think I like tea,” he muses, as his best friend assures him, “You go to a tea for the cookies.”

Wacky, cartoon-style illustrations combine computer-rendered and hand-drawn effects. Children will enjoy the jokes embedded in these appealing images. In one spread, unpaid bills fly from B.B. Wolf’s hand: “Damage to the homes of Pig #1 and Pig #2;” “One Cleaning of Granny outfit.” In another he nervously chews his tail, as his friend reads him The Big Wide Book of Etiquette.

At the tea party, Little Red Riding Hood, Bo Peep and the other fairy tale characters are also nervous about the wolf being among them. But B.B. Wolf is polite and considerate, even remembering to say “Excuse me!” as a massive burp erupts from his long jaws. In the end, the impressed librarian gives him a bag of cookies to take home. Young readers will appreciate the lighthearted delivery of this book’s message that good manners help make friends, even for the most wolfish among us: “Smile and have a lot of fun, but don’t go biting anyone!”

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    Discuss the expression mind your manners. Brainstorm a list of important manners for kids. Add to your list as you read.

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    As you read, look for storybook characters in the illustrations. Discuss their reactions to B.B. Wolf.

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    In a group, rewrite one of the famous wolf stories B.B. Wolf refers to when he says, “I’ll drop by one day and tell you how these stories really happened” (i.e. from his point of view). Present your story as a text, skit or puppet show, or use another medium.

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    Brainstorm any stories you know that have a Big Bad (B.B.) Wolf as a character. (Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, fractured versions of these). Find the English names of the characters in these stories.

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    Start a class list about good manners. Add to it as the book is read aloud.

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    Discuss the manners of B.B. Wolf and the other characters.

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    Look at a variety of teacher-selected web guides on manners, politeness and etiquette for kids. When might they be useful? Which do you find interesting or surprising?  In small teams discuss your own manners. Do you need extra practice in some?

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    Create a skit about a lunch party. Write the invitation and answer card. Include elements of table manners and politeness. Add some relevant props.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Drama
  • Ethics and Religious Culture