Title: I Can Be Anything!
Author: Jerry Spinelli
Illustrator: Jimmy Liao
Publication Date: 2010
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book
Summary: A fun story about a little boy imagining all the possibilities available to him in his future.
What I Think: First of all, I have to say I love Jerry Spinelli so I was excited to see this new picture book from him! There's a little orange circle on the cover of the book that says, "Perfect for Graduation". I remember getting Oh, The Places You'll Go! By Dr. Seuss for my high school graduation. There's something fun about dreaming of all the possibilities. This book is a fun spin on all the great things to take part in in life. I am a strong believer in celebrating life, and this book takes a close look at the little things that make life worth living!
Read Together: Pre-K - 8
Read Alone: 3 - 8
Read With: Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss; Don't Touch My Hat by James Rumford
Snatch of Text: "When I grow up, what shall I be? Of all the many, many jobs, which one will be the best for me? Pumpkin grower, dandelion blower, paper-plane folder, puppy-dog holder..."
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Word Analysis
Writing Strategies to Practice: Rhyme, Compound Adjectives, Descriptive Writing, Characterization
Writing Prompts: Write a poem using the first two lines of the book as a start - then write your own compound adjectives to describe what you would like to be. Describe someone in your life using compound adjectives.
Topics Covered: Hopes and Dreams, Perspective
Translated to Spanish: No
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