Monday, October 31, 2011

Which Witch is Which?

Title: Which Witch Is Which?    
Author: Judi Barrett
Illustrator: Sharleen Collicott
Publisher: Atheneum
Publication Date: September 2001   
Genre/Format: Fiction/Search and Find/Picture Book   
Summary: Page by page, readers are asked to listen and look for witches doing silly things! Can you find which witch is which? 
What I Think: I'm excited to share this book with you on Halloween! I've been saving this review for a while now but Halloween is finally here. I get excited to read this book with kids because it's fun. I get into such a rhythm with all the rhymes.
  This is the perfect book for teaching homophones. You can easily introduce "which" and "witch". It's also a way to talk about the question word, "which". With some younger readers, you will definitely have to help them find the witches that are options based on the clues and then help them decide which one is the right answer.
  Each page is also full of rhymes. Kids have to think about the different descriptions of the witches on the page and then search for the specific witch they are looking for. I love how much thinking goes into searching for the witches. The vocabulary is great and really forces kids to think. Every time I have read this book with a student, there are always words to be taught and having the illustrations right there  helps them visualize the meaning of the word. There is a lot of thinking that goes into identifying which witch is which!
Read Together: Pre-K - 6 
Read Alone: 3 - 6 
Read With: Where's Waldo? by Martin Handford, I Spy by Jean Marzollo, Look! A Book! A Zany Seek-and-Find Adventure by Bob Staake 
Snatch of Text: 
"Which witch has an awful itch:
Is it the one doing a jitterbug?
Is it the one lying on the rug?
Is it the one looking very smug?
Or is it the one playing with a pug?" 
Reading Strategies to Practice: Asking Questions, Vocabulary, Stop and Think
Writing Strategies to Practice: Descriptive, Narrative
Writing Prompts: Take a picture or draw a picture and then write your own "Which?" questions. Use one of the scenes from the book to write a story from one of the witches' perspectives.  
Topics Covered: $100 Words, Search-and-Find, Witches, Rhyme, Homophones, Whimsical 
Translated to Spanish: No

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