Friday, August 6, 2010

Knuffle Bunny

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))
Author: Mo Willems  
Illustrator: Mo Willems 
Publication Date: 2004  
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book  
Summary: Trixie goes to the laundromat with her dad, only to realize she left her precious Knuffle Bunny there.  Poor Trixie tries and tries to tell her dad that she needs to go back for Knuffle Bunny, but he doesn't understand until they get home and her mom asks about Knuffle Bunny.  
What I Think: Knuffle Bunny is just so cute for kids and adults and I love the artwork in this book.  Peanut is attached to his "eehees".  When my hubby was a kid, he had a blanket that he had to have with him all the time and he called it "eehee."  Now, Peanut has blankets that he likes to pick the fuzz off of and he calls those his "eehees".  He could totally relate to Trixie.  It is such a great book for talking about feelings.  There isn't much text so the pictures relay a lot of what the characters are feeling.  I love that we could talk about how they were feeling and Peanut was able to clearly see how they were feeling from the artwork.  I recently saw a project where a class did their own artwork using the style of art in this book.  I've got it tucked away in my head and I'm hoping to try it out myself!  I think even middle school kids could really relate to this book and use it to brainstorm ideas for their own personal narratives. 
Read Together: Pre-K - 8  
Read Alone: 1 - 8  
Read With: Other books in the Knuffle Bunny series   
Snatch of Text: "Not so long ago, before she could even speak words, Trixie went on an errand with her daddy...Trixie and her daddy went down the block, through the park, past the school, and into the Laundromat."  
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Making Inferences, Making Predictions  
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative, Prepositions, Perspective   
Writing Prompts: Write about a memory you have from your childhood with your father, mother, grandfather, grandfather, aunt, uncle, etc.  Choose one of the other characters in the book: Daddy, Mommy, one of the people they pass along the way and write about what he or she is thinking or feeling at one point or throughout the book.  Write about a time when you were frustrated about something and couldn't communicate what you were feeling. 
Topics Covered: Family, Asking for Help, Feelings   
Translated to Spanish: Yes! El Conejito Knuffle: Un Cuento Aleccionador


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