A CHRISTMAS WISH FOR CORDUROY will debut at the Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, Wisconsin on October 18th.
“The story’s language and pacing match the tone of the original story, and the illustrations are a close match to Freeman’s original work. Purists may object to extending the franchise, but this is a story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right.”
The complete review:
“A prequel to the beloved classics Corduroy (1968) and A Pocket for Corduroy (1978), this story tells how Corduroy found his green overalls (and his name). When the story opens, Corduroy is just a brown teddy bear on a department-store shelf, sitting next to a stuffed rabbit and a doll. He’s waiting to be chosen as a child’s desired Christmas gift. The bear hears customers talking about visiting Santa and wearing special outfits, and he notices the other toys are requested by name. The bear searches for clothing in the store, finally finding a small pair of green corduroy overalls in the Santa display section. He falls asleep on Santa’s chair, and it’s Santa himself who gives him the name of Corduroy, suggested by his overalls. The story ends with Lisa’s familiar dialogue: “Look! There’s the very bear I’ve always wanted!” The story’s language and pacing match the tone of the original story, and the illustrations are a close match to Freeman’s original work. Purists may object to extending the franchise, but this is a story that can stand next to the original two Corduroy tales without apology. A pleasurable and satisfying back story for the beloved bear named Corduroy. Not too long, not too hard—just right.”
From ONCE UPON A TIME to SCARY EVER AFTER!
Kai, a student from the UK sent me an email asking about where I got the idea for the Map Books. It’s a long story! Watch the video to find out how Little Bo Peep’s Hide & Seek turned into The Once Upon A Time Map Book and how that book evolved into The Scary Places Map Book. Click below to watch the video.
Behold! The new teacher’s guide for THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF. Compiled by Martha Elson, this guide is packed with related ideas, lesson plans and activities to keep your classroom humming. CCSS compliant.
Download the teacher’s guide here: BOY WHO CRIED WOLF
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Check out the latest teacher’s guide. This one is for CLAIRE AND THE UNICORN, HAPPY EVER AFTER. There are 10 pages of classroom activities and projects. Units include problem solving, friendship, attitude and adventure. Topics include gender stereotypes and cultural diversity. Creative writing and sharing activities are covered as well. Compiled by Pamela Yang. check out all 10 pages of projects, activities, and lesson plans.
Download your copy here: Claire TG final
Well, check out Scholastic’s list of 100 great Books on Building Character. the list includes links to lesson plans. THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF can be found in the HONESTY section. Check out Scholastic’s lesson plans here: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/collateral.jsp?id=32391
The Literature Guide for THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK is now available as a FREE DOWNLOAD on the Teachers Pay Teachers site. It is also available here under the Teachers and Parents tab. elected by teachers, librarians and bloggers there are over 150 books keyed to each map. From picture books to nonfiction, you will find something for even the pickiest reader.
Looking for ACCELERATED READER TITLES? All lucky 13 B. G. Hennessy titles are listed here: http://bghennessy.com/?cat=73
Check out eighth grader Jared Johnson’s book trailer for THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK. Jared won “Best Director ” for his work on his film. Congrats, Jared!
Release the Kraken! Here is a back-to-school present for you. The brand-spanking-new Teacher’s Guide for THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK created by Marcie Colleen. Almost 20 pages of activities, games and projects to bring SCARY PLACES into the ELA, Math, Science and Math curriculum.
Includes the CCSS compliance standards for English Language and Math for first through fourth grade.
Click on the link: http://bghennessy.com/wp-content/uploads/SPMG-TG-pdf-.pdf
It was a big week for THE SCARY PLACES MAP BOOK, first the Teacher’s Guide (see above) and now the SCARY PLACES LITERATURE GUIDE.
Over 150 picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle readers, collections and activity books included, and listed by map.
Click here for the Literature Guide: SCARY PLACES LIT GUIDE Rev
It’s BIG! And I mean Big! THE ONCE UPON A TIME MAP BOOK is now available in Big Book Size. A giant 16 x16 inches- 32 inches across for the maps. Now, this is the perfect size to really get into the maps.
Don’t forget to check out all the CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES in our teacher’s guide. Once Upon A Time Map Book Teachers Guide and download the free map grid for even more activities. Download the grid here: Map Grid