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Sunday, March 17, 2013

What Happens When Animals Sneeze?

Have you ever wondered what happens when an animal in a zoo sneezes? Find out in Zoo Ah-choooo by Peter Mandel.

Here's a sample: "Where did it come from? From the Snow Leopard. What did he do? He went Ah-chooOO!"

In this case it lead to a change reaction.

A truly humorous tale for reading out loud.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Multicultural Picturebooks





I frequently read about the need for multicultural picturebooks to promote the feeling of inclusion in the United States.Here is an interesting one on a Filipino American family: Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore.

Here is a sample: "Cora loved the kitchen. She loved to drink in the smells of Mama's Filipino dishes."

Cora got to help her mother make a Filipino dish, pancit. Usually her older brother and sisters helped with the cooking.

Kindergarten, first and second grade teachers can use this book for a multicultural unit.

The book includes a recipe for pancit as well as a glossary of  words used in the story from Tagalog, a language spoken in the Philippines.