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Once I Ate a Pie

Schneider, Katy (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2006. 40 pages
First published: 2006
ISBN: 9780060735333 (paperback)
9780060735319 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 811
Book type: Anthology
Book genre: Poetry

Text Elements:

character, dialogue

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:

This heart-warming dog-themed book includes fourteen short free verse poems, each attributed to a different breed. Written from the dogs’ unique perspectives, the poems reveal much about their personality and the things that define them: squeaky toys, cuddly cushions, naps, chewable slippers and their special art of getting into mischief. Wupsi is a cute, rambunctious dog, and Needle Nose can open the mail with his elongated snout. Mr. Beefy steals “tubs of butter off the table” and “once I ate a pie.”

Witty and entertaining, each poem appears in a double-page spread and is accompanied by a large, detailed oil portrait that deftly captures the individual personality of the speaker. Certain words in the text are playfully set in boldface type, enlarged or reduced in size for emphasis or to enhance meaning.

Best read aloud, this is a book children will return to, again and again—for the huggable canines and their lyrical yips and barks.

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    Discuss how the voice of each dog comes through strongly in each poem. Talk about how the authors do this.

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    Discuss the way the poems are presented: spacing of letters and words, shapes, font size, etc. How does this contribute to your appreciation of the poems?

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    Write a poem in the same style (first person) but in the voice of a dog. Focus on the voice of the dog you choose.

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    Perform one of the poems for the class. Practise using expression and intonation in your voice.

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    Talk about how you can be mischievous, too. 

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    Discuss the way the poems are presented: spacing of letters and words, shapes, font size, etc. How does this contribute to your appreciation of the poems?

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    Write a poem that describes you being mischievous. Borrow some expressions from the book. Add a picture of yourself in action. 

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    Perform one of the poems for the class. Practise using expression and intonation in your voice.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To construct his/her identity
  • To cooperate with others
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Physical Education and Health