Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

What Am I? Where Am I?

Lewin, Ted (Author/Illustrator)
Holiday House 2013. 24 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9780823428564 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

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:

Whether it be lion, reindeer, camel, sea otter or tiger, text and pictures flow from mysterious detail, to the entire animal, to the animal in its creature habitat. Illustrations use watercolour techniques to render expressive yet realistic images of the wildlife.

“What am I? Where Am I?” The language demands reader interaction; the repetition of simple phrases encourages beginners in a process of reading, thinking and investigating. In one sequence, a tight profile on nostrils and whiskers (“What am I?”) allows readers to suggest many animals, before turning the page to learn, “I am a sea otter.” Now the creature is shown, but against a blank background, allowing for another round of conjecture (“Where am I?”) A turn of the page reveals the animal’s natural habitat—the otter, for example, lolls in a calm, blue ocean (“I am in water.”)

Imagination, identification and empathy are all incubated in this little book. This message is brought home by the animal on the final page: “What am I? I am a boy. I am on the beautiful Earth.”

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    As you read, use the pattern and clues to predict the answers to the book’s questions. Reflect on the strategies you used in your inferences.

  •  Reread the book with a partner. Notice the punctuation. Use the pattern to help you read some of the words.
  •  

    As a group, make your own book in the same style and pattern. Select a theme for your production (e.g. school, sports, reptiles).

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    Examine the cover and discuss the two questions. Which can you answer?

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    As the book is read aloud, use the pattern and clues to predict the answers. Reflect on the strategies you used in your inferences.

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    As a group, explore other habitats you are familiar with. Start a class anchor chart to list these habitats.

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    Use a teacher-selected application or website to create a mini-book in the same style, using a variety of animals and habitats.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities