By Uri Shulevitz
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1965
It is a rainy day. Instead of being sad about the rain, or feeling stuck inside with nothing to do, the main character takes the reader with her in enjoying the sound, the sights and the feel of the rainy day.
This book could be used in a science unit about the water cycle, or in English class to discuss personification.
Awards: NY Times Notable Children’s Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year
Nini Lost and Found
Written and Illustrated by Anita Lobel
Published by Alfred A Knopf, 2010
This adorable book and its main character, Nini, will be familiar to anyone that has cats in the house. Nini is a curious cat that can’t resist the siren song of an open door and beautiful day, and takes off into the outdoors. At first, she is enamored with the sights and smells and new experiences of the outdoors, and easily leaves her home in the dust without looking book. Lobel keeps the house in the background of her illustration to reassure young children that even though Nini is “far away from home,” she’s still close. The bold, impressionistic paintings are vibrant and are not constricted by borders, and invite the reader along on Nini’s adventure.
As darkness falls and the evening animals come out and menace Nini, she decides that the outdoors is not as wonderful as she once thought. When she hears her owners calling for her, she bravely dashes back to her home and the comforts that come with it. Will Nini be content with her home, or will she be lured back outside for adventure?
“Out there is all right,” Nini thought.
“For a little while.
But oh, in here, at home,
is much, much nicer…
Science SOL 1.5 covers the basic characteristics of animals. Teachers can use this book to talk about diurnal and nocturnal animals.
Accessed: Augusta County Library
By Kevin Henkes
Published by Greenwillow Books, 2008
Old bear is hibernating for the winter. While he sleeps, he dreams of being a cub again, and all his favorite seasons. The way he remembers them is not true to reality, but illustrates his lively imagination as a young bear. How wonderful it would be if a rained blueberries, or that all the springtime leaves were butterflies! When he wakes, he lumbers outside into the lush springtime panorama, almost unable to believe that he is not still dreaming.
Science SOL 1.7 addresses changing seasons, an apt subject for the introduction to this book.