Thursday, February 14, 2013

Chocolate Lily Book Awards: Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?

This week the primary classes listened to the picture book Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been? written by and illustrated by . This book is based on the original, classic poem and the students enjoyed the rhyming text. What the students were really engaged by were the travelling adventures of the pussycat and using the illustrations to give them clues as to where in the world the pussycat was visiting. Although not a long book, this book took each class such a long time to get to the final page. There were so many questions, so many connections being made. The students were highly engaged by this book. We had the globe out showing the students where in the world all the places were.

Two of the classes had time to draw a picture of where they thought the pussycat would visit if he came to Canada and all the classes gave this picture a score out of ten. We had the students think about the criteria for what makes a good picture book as they were scoring the book.

Some of the comments from students include:
I liked the storm picture. by Eric, div 10
I liked when the mouse was on the hat. by Chase, div 11
I liked the cat because it travelled a lot. by Katy, div 10
It helps us discover the world. by Areej, div 8
The story was cool - the cat kept travelling and travelling. by Carisa, div 8
The book is really cute and the cat is curious. by EmilyM., div 7
The illustrations were very detailed. by EmilyW, div 7
I liked the ending. The cat invited the girl to travel with him. by Mia, div 9
I liked it because the cat travelled everywhere. by Tiana, div 9
I liked it because it was like a riddle book. by Matthew, div 6
The illustrations are detailed and I like the poem and style of the book. by Victor, div 6
The pictures helped us to know where the Pussycat was. by Rosie, div 6

The following is a podcast by a grade three student from division 8:

~Ms Novakowski

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