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Hi Everyone-

I did a lesson with my first grades today that I wanted to share. The title
of the book is Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road? and the book is
comprised of 14 illustrators answers to that question. The illustrators
include Jerry Pinkney, Mo Willems, David Shannon, Mary Grandpre,Tedd Arnold
and several other children's illustrators. Each one has their own
illustrated double page answer to the question. 

Before reading the book, we discussed the different media that illustrators
use to "tell the story". The children had all sorts of ideas of what you
could use to create an illustration. Then I read and the book to the class.
We examined the different  answers. For example Mo Willems had one of his
fowls being interrogated down at police headquarters where he is professing
his innocence.  I showed them other books illustrated by the featured
illustrators. Finally the children got a chance to answer the question by
creating their own illustrations. 

The class really enjoyed the lesson and the chance to create their own
illustrated answers to this age-old question. Our children often ask for
books by a specific illustrator since I always try share well illustrated
picture books with them.


Josephine Dervan, Library Media Specialist
Strathmore School
Aberdeen, NJ

He who has a garden and a library, wants for nothing- Cicero

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