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Literary Analysis Informational Books

Bibliographic Information: Johnson, J., & Gray, E. (1994). Skeletons: An inside look at
animals. Pleasantville, N.Y.: Reader's Digest Kids.
Plot: Gives description of 19 different animals, of their inside body parts to their outside. This
includes a description of humans.
Setting: N/A
Theme: Teaching students about the bones and animals bodies.
Characterization: N/A
Style: Informational style with a lot of pictures. No story.
Point of View: N/A
Reflections: Good book for older elementary for students who enjoy informational type books or
nonfiction. Could use this in a lesson if applicable.
Literary Analysis

Bibliographic Information: Karas, G. (2005). On earth. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Plot: Tells the reader basic information about the Earth. How it is round and rotates on an axis
and travels around the sun. Has 12 months to a year, etc.
Setting: N/A

Theme: To each young preschool/kindergarteners about the Earth.


Characterization: There is a girl that is there for illustration, but not mentioned in text.
Style: Informational, but uses basic words. Very easy to understand and good visuals to keep
students interest.
Point of View: N/A
Reflections: I would use this in the classroom for a kindergarten class. Students would love the
visuals and the content is there.
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Bibliographic Information: Branley, F., & Maestro, G. (1984). Comets: This is a Lets-Readand-Find-Out Science Book. New York: Crowell.
Plot: Tells the reader about comets and how they might have been able to see one back in 1986.
Setting: The past.
Theme: Teaching students basic information about comets.
Characterization: N/A
Style: Informational but basic enough for second- third graders to understand on their own.
Point of View: N/A

Reflections: Older style art and information. I probably would want to try to get my hands on a
more recent book if I was able to. Had good information though and I would use it for that aspect
of the book.

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Bibliographic Information: Jurmain, S., & Day, L. (2006). George did it. New York: Dutton
Children's Books.
Plot: The story goes along to tell the tale of how George Washington became the president.
Setting: 1770-1780s, the creation of the early United States.
Theme: To teach third- fifth grade students information about George Washington and how he
became president.
Characterization: George Washington seems to have a lot of character in the story and makes
him seem like a real life person.
Style: Story book style. I would say this book is in-between informational and fiction. Has good
information that students can still learn from.
Point of View: Narrator
Reflections: I would defiantly use this story as a read aloud if I was teaching the topic of the
colonies and the creation of the United States.
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Bibliographic Information: Sis, P. (2007). The wall: Growing up behind the Iron Curtain. New
York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
Plot: This is a story about growing up during the rule of the Soveit Union. It carries out a story,
while giving information about the time period and definitions.
Setting: 1917-1950s.
Theme: Teaching children about the harsh realities that was during the cold war for our enemies.
Characterization: Followed the life of one boy.
Style: Story like, yet strongly informational.
Point of View: Narrator.
Reflections: I would defiantly use this book in my classroom. I think even if they might have
been our enemies the innocent people who got trapped in that situation and became brainwashed
in that time period needs to be remember. Keep our students informed about the past so we can
try from stopping from happening again.

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Bibliographic Information: My first look at numbers. (1990). New York: Random House.
Plot: Counting

Setting: N/A
Theme: Teaching preschooler students how to count.
Characterization: N/A
Style: Counting book
Point of View: N/A
Reflections: Just a good book to have around in a preschool/kindergarten classroom.

Literary Analysis

Bibliographic Information: Wick, W. (1997). A drop of water: A book of science and wonder.
New York: Scholastic.
Plot: Teaches about the different forms of water and its properties.
Setting: N/A
Theme: Teaches about water.
Characterization: N/A
Style: Informational text for the fourth-fifth grades or higher. Use of book pictures and doesnt
use too complex of vocabulary terms.
Point of View: Author

Reflections: This could go along very well with a science lesson or project. Students could use
this book easily to start gathering basic information about the properties of water.