Animal Messengers. I.

INFO: Parkes, Brenda. Animal Messengers. I. 1999.

DESC: This book talks about all of the unique ways that animals talk to each other using special calls or movements of their body. It also highlights ways in which humans communicate non-verbally

TAGS: bees, cats, deer, gorillas, peacocks, non-fiction, animals, I, communication, Richard Avenue

Lions and Tigers. J.

INFO: Randell, Beverly Randell. Lions and Tigers. J. 1998.

DESC: Lions and Tigers is a solid J-level nonfiction in the reliable PM ANIMAL FACTS: ANIMALS IN THE WILD series. It features many different facts about the life of lions, under informative sub-headings, and a series of ‘reflection questions’ about the previous page on the bottom of every page. Students genuinely love the information; and the book’s split between lions and tigers provides an easy transition place/moment to break between sessions or units. Lots of text and information, for a Level J!

TAGS: lions, tigers, animals, scientific facts, animal facts, big cats, cats, non-fiction, J

Heny and Mudge and the Happy Cat. K.

INFO: Rylant, Cynthia. Henry and Mudge and the Happy Cat. K. 1990.

DESC: This memorable book about about Henry, his big dog Mudge, and the “stewed prunes” stray cat that appears on their porch one day has many sunny lessons about friendship, family, and “doing the right thing”! Surprise ending that is sure to delight!

TAGS: henry and mudge, henry, cats, stray cats, adopting cats, lost cats, neighborhoods, friendship, compassion, nurturing, adoption, chapter, fiction

Buster Baxter, Cat Saver. M.

INFO: Brown, Marc. Buster Baxter, Cat Saver. M. 2000.

DESC: After he saves a local cat, Buster the bunny is a huge star in town – maybe too big of a star, from some of the gang’s perspective. Will Buster ever be approachable again, or will he lose all of his friends in his meteoric rise to ‘fame’? As with any of the Arthur books, Buster Baxter, Cat Saver is an approachable, easy-to-read chapter book with complex characters, multiple perspectives, and a strong moral ‘lesson’. It’s a great book to use for exiting 2nd-graders – and for any discussion of theme or author’s purpose!

TAGS: buster, arthur, arthur and friends, arthur books, ego, celebrity, being famous, arrogance, friends, humbleness, cats, adventure, chapter, fiction, M

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P.

INFO: Howe, Deborah and James. Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery. P. 1979.

DESC: Bunnicula is a classic animal horror-mystery, but the best part isn’t the vampiric rabbit: it’s the incredible personalities of Harold and Chester, dog and cat, and the book’s main narrator & character. This book makes an awesome transition for strong readers into more complex elements of fiction – it contains multiple and sometimes conflicting points of view, evidence to be interpreted, “red herrings,” and even a frame-story, ‘editor’s letter,’ and prologue. Students love it!

TAGS: mystery, vampires, dracula, animals, rabbits, bunnies, dogs, cats, detective stories, family, adventure, spooky, scary, chapter, fiction, funny, P