Bibliographic Information: Gerstein, Mordicai. Carolinda Clatter. New Milford, CT: Roaring Brook, 2005. Print.
Brief Annotation: This is a fun tale about a young girl named Carolinda Clatter. She lives in a quiet town that resides on top of a “hill”. However, the “hill” is really a giant who has fallen into a deep sleep. The giant, who was once in love with the moon, awakes and it is Carolinda, the loudest girl in the town, who soothes him and unites him with the moon.
Grade Level: K – 3
Readers who will like this: Any creative child would enjoy this fun-loving story. Children who enjoy music and self expression would enjoy this as well.
Rating/Response: 4 – This story actually seems a bit like a folk tale. I thoroughly enjoyed it, yet I’m not sure how many lessons one could plan centered on this book. Regardless, it is a fun story that would be a great addition to any classroom library.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Have you ever felt different from those around you? Maybe like you don’t fit in? This is a story about a young girl who feels the same way until she realizes how unique and special she is.
Reading Strategy: Free Choice
Rationale for Strategy: I would choose this book because it is an enjoyable read. The illustrations are impeccable as well.
Posted by: Emma Henke