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23 July 2008 @ 07:34 am
more picture books  

Loreen Leedy's picture books have long been favorites of mine. I used MESSAGES IN THE MAILBOX with my middle school students years ago. With CRAZY LIKE A FOX, Leedy gives readers a story told entirely with similes. Rufus the fox is chasing Babette the sheep. The romp progresses to a happy and surprising ending. Back matter discusses similes in more detail.

And here is another one with classroom utility by Laurie Keller, a sequel to her SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA. In SCRAMBLED STATES OF AMERICA TALENT SHOW, the states enthusiastically agree to perform in a talent show. There are jugglers, dancers, singers, and the like. When Georgia is struck with stage fright, she is told to picture the audience in their underwear. That leads to a priceless final double page of various states doing cheesecake poses. Endpapers include statehood dates and state abbreviations.

Current Mood: amusedamused
linda urbanlurban on July 23rd, 2008 01:36 pm (UTC)
I had no idea these were the same person!
professornanaprofessornana on July 23rd, 2008 02:24 pm (UTC)
My mistake. They are not. Thanks for the sharp eye. Laurie Keller and Loreen Leedy are two very different authors.

PN, shamefaced.
linda urbanlurban on July 23rd, 2008 02:31 pm (UTC)
I make this sort of mistake all the time -- was bad for me as someone who used to introduce authors at bookstore events!

I just recently learned that E. Lockhart and Emily Jenkins were one in the same, so I thought this was entirely possible and I was out of yet another loop!