Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems

Sookocheff, Carey (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2016. 48 pages
First published: 2016
ISBN: 9781770498730 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character

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:

The give and take inherent in any friendship is portrayed with brevity and style in this picture book about a girl and her dog. Elegant, minimal drawings graphically transmit the roiling emotions underlying the story, while the language presents a neutral front with simple headlines and instructions: “Solutions for a Missing Shoe,” “Check in the closet,” “Look under the bed.”

In one image, the girl’s vexed eyebrows point downward as she ties on a mismatched shoe. The penitent dog hangs its head (having chewed the other to pieces). In another picture, the dog leaps on the girl with friendly joy—contrasting with her surprised grimace, as her ice cream cone topples onto her dress. (“Solutions for a melting ice cream cone,” “Share with a friend.”)

Finally, “Solutions for a boring day” and “Solutions for a flyaway hat” depict warm moments of backyard companionship, and a cozy indoor sequence shows the two friends enjoying couch-time together. Through minimal language and image—and a great deal of nuance—this book tells a sweet story of love, acceptance and friendship.

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    Brainstorm a list of problems you have faced recently. Sort them into big and small. Discuss the reasons why a problem might be described this way.

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    As you read, describe the actions and the feelings of the dog and the girl.

  •  With a partner, role play being the dog and the child in one of the scenes. Act out what you think they would be saying and doing.
  •  Would you like to have a pet like the dog in the story? Write a list of reasons why or why not.
  •  

    Brainstorm a list of problems you have faced recently. Sort them into big and small. Discuss the reasons that a problem might be described this way.

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    Go for a picture walk and discuss the setting, weather, characters and problems.

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    As the story is read aloud, compare it to your discussion during the picture walk.

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    Use the list of problems from the first activity and enrich one of them in the same style as the book. Assemble them into a class book of solutions.

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