Sunday, November 6, 2011

Dirt On My Shirt

Author:   Jeff Foxworthy               

About the Author:
Jeff Foxworthy is most known for his redneck comedy, but he has written 11 books.  he lives with his wife and two daughters in Georgia.  He is the honorary chairman at the Duke University Children's Hospital.  With his help the hospital has raised $4 million in four years. 

Genre: Fiction
Grade Level: 1-2

This book is a collection of poems.  The poems are of all different things from, relatives, noises to animals and friends.  Each poem was funny and easy to read.  With each poem were great illustrations that brought humor to the words.
Pre Reading Activity:
What do you think this book will be about?  What do you think the poems will be about?

Make a list of predictions.

Post Reading Activity:
Were the predictions right?

Have the class choose a topic for a poem, and together write a rhyming poem, and have the students draw their own illustrations to go with the poem.

I think this book of poems is very relate able to children.  There are a wide range of topics and the last poem is titled, Escape.  I think this is a great way to end this book, it talks about balloons, where they come from and where they go.  It made me think of children and the journey they are on.  Children can't wait to grow up and get away, but they do not have a map to tell them where to go. 

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