Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

What’s Your Favorite Animal?

Carle, Eric (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2014. 36 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9780805096415 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Anthology

Text Elements:

point of view, 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

Description:

This book is the happy result of an ingenious plan to gather short spreads on a single theme from a variety of gifted illustrators. Children will relate to the topic under discussion: favourite animals, and the reasons why they are favourites.

The language is as varied as the artists, many of them accomplished authors. Fans of Jon Klassen will recognize his deadpan voice: “But I like ducks./ I like watching them walk around.” Peter Sís describes a touching story about the release of a live carp (his family’s Christmas dinner).

Readers of all ages will also enjoy familiar illustration styles—and may discover new ones. Using pastel-crayon effects, Mo Willems has drawn a cheerful snake digesting a wiggly lump. His favourite animal, it turns out, “is also this snake’s favourite animal.” A bright, spiral shell dominates Chris Raschka’s lush watercolour image of a snail: “all her life she works at her craft, adding to it day by day . . . .”

Back material offers photos and biographies of the contributors, and information on The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (The Carle), in Amherst, Massachusetts.

  •  

    Choose an artist from the book and write about your favourite animal in the same style or genre as that artist. What is it about his or her illustrations or writing that inspires you?

  •  Read the limerick about giraffes. What are the characteristics of a limerick? Write a limerick about another animal.
  •  Read the autobiographies of the authors at the end of the book. Write your autobiography. Include a picture of yourself. 
  •  

    Illustrate your favourite animal (in your own style) and explain why it is your favourite. 

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    Identify the animals presented and list them in order of preference from your most to least favourite.

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    Discuss the reasons each writer gives for liking a particular animal. Which is your favourite part of the book? Explain.

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