Friday, June 26, 2015

If an Elephant Went to School Book Review

"If an Elephant went to School" by Ellen Fischer and illustrated by Laura Wood is a thoughtful story about animals and how they conduct themselves in school. With beautiful and vibrant illustrations Fischer weaves a cute story about how animals would behave if they went to school. Animals wouldn't react the way humans would because they are unable to, so instead of writing, counting, and reading they would learn to do things that are important in their lives. This awesomely written book grasps your attention from the very first page. It offers children the opportunity to really think about the animals mentioned and their characteristics. Children will have to be metacognitive throughout the whole reading of this book, constantly questioning and thinking about classroom and animal behaviors, and predicting what will come next in the story.

I find this book to be fun and educational, as the children read they will be learning about the qualities of different animals, like elephants, skunks, and even eels. Each page offers a whimsical and informative look into the question of these animals going to school. If the gorgeous illustrations doesn't make you want to pick this book up the undeniably witty and smart words will. Early childhood students will thoroughly enjoy this story and I think it will be a favorite read-aloud. This book also would be a great accompaniment to themes on animals. I would use this book as a model for the children to create stories in the same style, this would be a fun activity which can culminate in a trip to the zoo where the kids can see these animals up close and personal. I would highly recommend this story for the early childhood age group, I think it will quickly become a new favorite. This book will be available on August 11th.

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