The books that my book club chose are “A Sick Day For Amos McGee” written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead and “Click Clack Moo Cows That Type” written by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin.
First of all, these two books were adorable! The pictures were bright and colorful and the stories told very important lessons that are important for out elementary students to learn.
I thought that these books would be an excellent way to teach personification. These two stories revolve around animals that have human qualities, like the ability to type and sing. My group members, Jess and Mia, also thought that personification would be a great lesson through these books. We also agreed that these books teach valuable lessons such as being compassionate and standing up for what you believe in. By using animals, a familiar object that students encounter everyday (whether it be a pat at home or a squirrel running up a tree on a playground!) I believe that the children have an easier time practicing the lessons they learn from these two books. Mia also stated that these books promote creativity and abstract thinking through a familiar object. We all understand that even though we must be compassionate to animals, they aren’t going to speak or dance!
Jess had a wonderful idea, to read these books at the beginning of the school year and use them as tools to set up classroom rules and goals for the year. The books teach lessons, as previously mentioned, about standing up for yourself and what you believe in, being compassionate to others, and how to compromise. These are awesome rules and goals to follow and to start off a new year with!