Monday, January 10, 2011

Good Boy, Fergus!

Good Boy, Fergus!Title: Good Boy, Fergus!  
Author: David Shannon   
Illustrator: David Shannon 
Publisher: The Blue Sky Press
Publication Date: 2006   
Genre/Format: Fiction/Picture Book  
Summary: A lovable book about Fergus, a dog with quite a personality! 
What I Think: I adore this book.  We read it (more than once) a while ago when my oldest son was younger and we loved it then.  We haven't picked it up in a while but it was so much fun to read again now that Peanut is older.  He was cracking up when Fergus goes for a car ride and when Fergus begs for Cool Whip on his dinner!  I love to hear him laugh and it's so much fun when we can share a book that has us giggling.  There isn't much text in this book which makes it a great example of how illustrations can convey so much in picture books.  This book is great for starting discussions about pets or animals.   
Read Together: Pre-K - 12 
Read Alone: Pre-K - 12 
Read With: Dogku by Andrew Clements, Oh, Theodore! by Susan Katz
Snatch of Text: "Good morning, Fergus!
Want to go out?
Ready...
set...
Cat!" 
Reading Strategies to Practice: Activating Background Knowledge, Making Connections, Making Inferences
Writing Strategies to Practice: Personal Narrative, Persuasive
Writing Prompts: Write about a favorite memory you have of a pet or write about what you would do with a pet if you had one.  Write about an animal doing something funny or silly that you saw at the zoo, on TV, etc.  Write a letter to your parents to convince them to let you get the pet of you dreams, use pathos, ethos, and logos to persuade them.
Topics Covered: Pets, Dogs, Responsibility  
Translated to Spanish: No

2 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite books for teaching inferring. I find it is especially useful with parents who often think books are "too easy" for children. It's a great reminder of the thinking you have to do as you read. Love David Shannon!!

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  2. It is awesome for inferring. I find graphic novels good for inferring as well, sometimes hard for me because there is so much to think about because it relies so much on the pictures. :)

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