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What Ship Is Not a Ship?

Ziefert, Harriet (Author)
Masse, Josée (Illustrator)
Blue Apple Books 2014. 36 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781609054472 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 428
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

recurring patterns

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:

Wordplay and a guessing game are at the centre of this beautifully illustrated vocabulary book that is sure to intrigue and captivate. Quiz questions are set up using repetition and trios of words: “A panda bear is a bear. A brown bear is a bear. A polar bear is a bear. What bear is NOT a bear?” Readers need to flip the page to find the answer, setting up anticipation and making for a perfect read aloud.

When the page is turned, a full-page painted illustration of a “woolly bear” caterpillar is revealed. Text also employs dictionary definitions for the word being repeated, as well as a definition for the anomaly with a similar name. “Bear: a large, heavy animal with shaggy hair and a small tail that eats both plants and meat.” And later: “What is a woolly bear? A fuzzy caterpillar that will become a tiger moth.”

Graphics are beautifully rendered in warm, stylized paintings that use colour and texture to great effect. Depictions of animals, pies, objects and children are detailed and lush, bringing the world of the book to life in appealing layouts. Fonts are highly legible and complement the imagery well, occasionally using all capitals or different colours, making for a lively and visually compelling read.

More guessing game puzzles can be found at the back of the book, encouraging readers to look up answers on a website and perhaps invent their own.

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    Brainstorm for compound words (words that are combined to make a new word) such as newspaper or lighthouse.

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    As the book is read aloud, guess the mystery homophone before turning each page.

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    In small groups, try to come up with the answers to the guessing games. Discuss what resources you could use to find the answers.

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    Make your own small book of wordplay with compound words. Add illustrations and ask classmates to guess the answers to your questions.

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    As the book is read aloud, try to guess the word before turning each page.

  •  In small groups, try to come up with the answers to the guessing games. Discuss what resources you could use to find the answers.
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    Brainstorm for compound words (words that are combined to make a new word) such as newspaper or lighthouse. Start a class list of these words. Choose a few of them to create your own book of riddles and illustrations in the same style. Try them out on your partners.

  • To solve problems
  • To use creativity
  • To use information
  • Visual Arts