Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Grump Groan Growl

Bibliographic Information:  Hooks, B. (2008). Grump groan growl. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

Reading Level: Adult Directed/ Ages 4-8

Synopsis: Whether you have a “case of the Monday’s” or are grumpy for no reason at all, this funny book reminds you that feelings are ok to have.  The bright water colored illustrations and humorous caricature art portrays what a bad mood actually looks like.  The lesson incorporated, “just let it slide”, gives children an example of how to deal with different emotions.

Rationale for Classroom Use:  This text would be great to use at the beginning of the year when teachers are trying to create a safe, friendly, and collaborative learning environment.  Focusing on experiences in the classroom, students can share things that make them feel grumpy and in a bad mood when at school. Together, the class can create solutions to each specific situation shared in order to give students ideas of how to deal with these feelings in a positive way.

Common Core Connection:

L.1.5c: Identify real-life connections between words and their use (e.g., note places at home that are cozy).

L.K.1f Produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities.


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This entry was posted on June 14, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers and tagged , , , .

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