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This Is Sadie

O'Leary, Sara (Author)
Morstad, Julie (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2015. 32 pages
First published: 2015
ISBN: 9781770495326 (hardcover)
9781770495333 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, recurring patterns, structures and features

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:

Sadie lives a rich life: she builds things in her bedroom, has conversations with her clothes as easily as with birds in a tree, and changes who and where she is, using just her imagination. Common objects are imbued with possibility: a box is a boat, “crossing a wide, wide sea.” Friends in books are just as good as real friends. She has been a mermaid, a boy raised by wolves, a traveller in Wonderland. Sadie even has wings (“of course”), which can take her anywhere and bring her safely home. The only nod to the so-called real world is an acknowledgement, as Sadie hammers away in her room, that she has “to be quiet in the mornings because old people need a lot of sleep.”

Short, elegant and eloquent, the narrative addresses the reader (does the reader have wings too? “Have you checked?”), inviting participation in the whimsical protagonist’s imaginative escapades.

The colourful spot and full-page illustrations show the items that populate Sadie’s world both as they are—a box sitting on a rug—and as they can be—a giant wooden vessel with a friendly gull perched on the prow. Simple yet detailed, the drawings reward multiple readings, with minute elements to note: a slice of cake in Sadie’s construction site, a fox in her bed, a fairy glowing in the woods.

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    Have you ever been carried away while reading? Talk about a time when you were reading, or when someone was reading to you, when you were transported into the story.

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    Look for patterns in the way sentences are written. Notice how the author has used the features of certain sentences repeatedly for effect. Discuss the effect this has on you as the reader.

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    Write your own story, following the sentence patterns: “This is ____. No, not that. That’s a ____. ____ is inside the ____."

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    Authors use symbolism to express ideas through images. Look at the two-page spread in which Sadie is diving into a pool. Discuss what you can infer from the image and explain what the author intends the reader to understand.

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    Go for a picture walk. Discuss Sadie’s imagination. Does your imagination lead you to build things? How do you express your imagination?

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    Look at the full bleed pages. What stories do you know that would fit in this setting?

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    If you could be a character in a book, which one would you be? Create a collage of yourself set in this story. Include a picture of the book cover. Add a vignette that includes a synopsis of the story and how you are involved in it.

  • Visual Arts