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My Daddy and Me

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There is nothing like a Father/Son relationship. When this little dog tells of his love and admiration for his father, the reader can't help but love their relationship. The little dog tells of the things that he and his dad do together. Because the characters are dogs in this book and they talk and have feelings, this book is considered a fantasy, because what is taking place could not actually happen in real life. A teacher could use this book to show students the love and importance of a family. The theme of the story is easy to follow. The message the author gives is of the love of a father towards his son. Media: Oil Paint
Imogene's Antlers

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This story tells of a little girl names Imogene who wakes up one morning with a pair of antlers on her head. The family tries taking her to the doctor and to the school principle, but nothing can be done. Imogene continues with her day using her antlers for good. She puts donuts on her antlers and goes outside to feed the birds and hangs clothes on them to dry. The next morning Imogene wakes up to find the antlers gone and instead peacock feathers have grown! The fantasy has a little girl growing aspects of an animal that could never happen in real life. Even though the family situation and reactions of people to her antlers are realistic, the main event that takes place is not. A teacher could use this book for practice of appreciative listening. The teacher could ask the students what they would do if they had ever grown antlers and what other aspects of an animal that might be cool to have. The illustrations in the story play a huge part of the plot. The pictures of the reactions of the family to the antlers are necessary to know the emotions and feelings towards Imogene. The illustrations also show the reaction of Imogene who seems happy and enjoys the new addition. Her happiness is not something explained in the story, but is necessary to know about through the illustrations. Media: Oil Paints
The Not-So-Jolly Roger #2

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When three boys at a birthday party discover a present is a book of magic, they take a trip to Medival times and find themselves faced by a killer Black Knight, a horrible giant, and a fire breathing dragon. The three boys must slay all three obstacles before they are able to go home again. The fantasy in this story is strongly portrayed because many legandary characters are introduced, unrealistic giants and dragons are used, and magic is also used in this book. All of these are unrealistic for this world, but the setting takes place in a world similar to ours. A teacher could use this book in a classroom to teach about Medival times and some of the leganary characters that are still spoken of today. A class could take a trip to a Medival Fair after reading this book. Media: Pencil drawingsThe settings in this story starts out in a normal kitchen before the three boys are magically taken to a Medival environment. The setting is necessary for this book and is engaging with the plot and attitude of the characters.
Magic School Bus: Inside the Earth

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A crazy teacher named Ms. Frizzle takes her class on a wild adventure to the inside of a classmate's body. Inside the students learn about the digestive system and blood cells. This book is exellent for a classroom who is learning about the human body. A teacher could read this book before teaching a unit on the digestive system and then go into further detail that the book covered. This book is a fantasy because nothing in this book could physically happen, although the facts about the human body are realistic. This book could also been an informational book since they are explaining about the body. The setting in this book is necessary for this story because it is all about the human body and the setting actually takes place inside the human body. The setting couldn't be any better. Media: Oil Paints
Maniac Magee

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Maniac Magee is an orphan boy who travels around a small town living in different places and affective people's lives in positive ways. He becomes a legend in the town and is admired and envied by everyone for his abilities and kindness. This realistic fiction has events that are very possible of taking place even if they historically they have not been written down. For instance, the hatred between the blacks and the whites in one town. Both sides despised each other, but neither knew each other personally. A teacher could use this book to each a class about racism and how meaningless it is to dislike a group of people when you do not even know them personally. A teacher could explain the use of stereotypes and the negative impact they have on people. The character Magee in this book is very engaging in the plot. You can see his character grow and change as the book continues. Media: N/A
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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This realistic historical fiction portrays the difficult life that Black people had after the Civil War and the conflict between Blacks and Whites. This heart wrenching story shows what it was really like to live under the power of White people and the fight Black people had to regain their respect. A teacher could use this book to show students the reality of life for Black people back then and be able to get a glimpse of what it might have been like to live in a Black family. A teacher could read this book to the class and have class discussions about what the students think of the events taking place. The characters in this book are very engaging in the plot and each character has a personality that continues to be built throughout the book. Media: N/A
El ratoncito de la moto: The Mouse and the Motorcycle

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Summary: When a little mouse named Ralph has the chance to ride a motorcycle, he must now learn how to be responsible for your actions. This book portrays a typical young boy, or in this case a mouse, who is in love with adventure, and what better way to do so with a motorcycle in your hands. When Ralph has the opportunity to prove himself as responsible, he rises to the challenge to save his human friend from his sickness. This book displays a good fantasy through the talking animals and unrealistic activities, such as a mouse riding a motorcycle through a hotel. Critique: The characters in this book aren’t as descriptive and expressive as most books. Ralph is one of the only characters that is described, and his description is mostly his thoughts. I feel this book is a good book for a young boy to read because the main character has all the same feelings and emotions that most young boys have at that age. The topic and character are also much more related to young boys as well. Teacher Use: A teacher could present this book as an option for independent reading. The person who reads this particular book can then share with the class the plot, characters, and his feelings about the book during a sharing time. No Media
Yo! Yes?

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Summary: Yo! Yes! has only a few words per page, at the most four. It is about an African American boy finds out that another boy has no friends. By the end of the story, the African American asks to be his friend. Critique: This realistic fiction shows a true interaction and emotions between two young boys. Most of the words are slang, but the point is still obvious to most readers. With ELL children it might be more difficult to understand the context of this story. Because this book doesn’t have a lot of dialogue, there isn’t a real definite plot to this story. Teacher Use: A teacher could use this book for pure enjoyment. It might be a fun book to read in order to discuss different slang words and how it is important to also communicate clearly with people. Media: Water color
The Jacket

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The book the Jacket portrays a white boy who realizes that black people are just like white people. They have normal everyday lives just like any other family. It starts with a jacket that gets passed down from a white family to a boy in a black family. The black boy takes offence to this and the white boy starts to notice the different black people in town. At first he thinks the races are different, but then realizes that there is no difference between black and white. This realistic fiction shows the perspective that a lot of kids might have of people of other races. This is a made up story that comes across as being true. It is a story that in some aspects could be true. It relates to children culturally and gives students social values. A teacher could use this book in a classroom to teach students that people of all cultures and races are in a sense alike, that we are all human and all live similar lives. A teacher could explain that even though one student may have white skin and another student has brown skin, they are both equal and alike, but different in personality. The setting in this book takes place in a normal town. One neighborhood consists mainly of white families and another neighborhood consists of mainly black families. The setting builds the necessary storyline. Media: N/A
Doctor De Soto

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Doctor Do Soto is a dentist, but he is also a mouse. When a fox who is in terrible pain comes to Dr. Do Soto, the doctor decides to go ahead and help the fox. By the end of the fox’s treatment, he decides he is going to eat the mouse and his wife, but the doctor has come up with a plan. He knows foxes eat mice, so he tricks the fox and he is unable to open his mouth to eat the mice. This fantasy shows a variety of animals talking and sharing emotions. The events that take place, such as a mouse being a dentist, could never take place in the real world. The story could be used in a classroom for appreciative listening. Children could draw out certain events in the story and compare pictures to see what was meaningful in the story to each student. The setting in this story is necessary for the storyline. The fact the mouse is a dentist makes it appropriate that the setting would take place at a dentist office. The mice also are illustrated as being so small, that when they work on larger animals, they much use a ladder to accommodate. This shows the size of the mice compared to other animals and how vulnerable they are to animals such as a fox. Media: Oil Paints
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