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Grandma Elephant's in Charge (Read and Wonder) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-09 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings
ISBN:0763673811
LANGUAGE:English

" Narrative nonfiction like your traditional Nicola Davies animal books, a story and a running collection of facts interspersed throughout. Well done. " said.

" Great nonfiction children's book. Both of my girls (5 & 7) found it interesting. " said.

" Introduced by Sunday Cummins in her ILA The Reading Teacher article, Teaching for Synthesis of informational text used to assess and teach writing about reading. Big questions for readers: What was the author's big idea? What did the author want you to know? Target audience late 2nd, early Third. See also One Well and The Buzz About Bees. " said.

"Grandma Elephant is in Charge (Jenkins, 2014) is one of my favorite informational books to read aloud in the primary grades and it’s back in print! A great way to start the year and begin asking students to draw, label, and write in response to “What did you learn about the grandma elephant?” or “How is the grandma elephant in charge?”

Jenkins’ text makes for a lively, interactive read aloud. He builds up to the introduction of the matriarch by describing the baby elephants’ playfulness and the role of the mother elephants. Then he writes, “But that’s not all. The most important member of an elephant family is…(turn the page) Grandma!” There is a conversation-like tone to the text that describes the role of the grandmother and then there is text (in a different font) that is a series of smaller print – captions? – that provide additional facts like “Elephants can live for up to sixty-five years but don’t usually have any more babies once they’re older than fifty or so.” You could read aloud just the non-narrative text about the grandmother and then go back and read the additional facts or integrate both in the initial read aloud. I think another draw of this text for students is that most can relate to the importance of mothers and grandmothers in their lives. Jenkins’ does not make this connection and I don’t think it’s critical to understanding the book – but I think in many students’ minds it’s there.

I've shared examples of kindergarten responses and given suggestions for teaching with this book at my blog - http://sundaycummins.wordpress.com/20...
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"Disney’s The Jungle Book got it wrong, folks. There’s no male Sargent bossing the troop around. It’s all up to Grandma. And she doesn’t mess around!
This book deepened my love for elephants by teaching me more about the strength of the matriarchal family structure. With a combination of two different texts (differentiated by font) there’s both a narrative voice and an informational one. It was a little confusing to read both and would advise, if reading aloud, to go through the text once reading the main text (larger font) and follow up with facts and details afterward. Still would be a very enjoyable read aloud!
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" This book was not that interesting but more full of nori facts that are not really something that I wanted to know. " said.

" Narrative nonfiction like your traditional Nicola Davies animal books, a story and a running collection of facts interspersed throughout. Well done. " said.

" Great nonfiction children's book. Both of my girls (5 & 7) found it interesting. " said.

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