Betty Doll

Bibliographic Information: Polacco, Patricia. Betty Doll. New York, 2001

Brief Annotation: Betty experienced it all, never leaving Mary Ellen’s side. She offered comfort, love, and support for Mary Ellen. As Mary Ellen grew older, Betty watched as she went to college, found a job, got married, and had children. When Mary Ellen was diagnosed with cancer, she wrote a letter describing Betty’s life with her for her daughter, Trisha. The book is centered on the experiences Mary Ellen and Betty had together.

Genre: Non-Fiction

Grade Level: 2-5

Reader who will like this: Students who enjoy reading nonfiction pieces will have interest in this book. Students will be able to relate to the story if they ever owned something that was meaningful and special to them.

Rating/Response: 3. I found Betty Doll to be a warming story. I caught myself thinking about my baby blanket that I used to bring everywhere with me. The book was easy relatable and had a touching theme.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What is something that means a lot to you? Something that you can’t live without?

Reading Strategy: Synthesizing

Rationale for Strategy: Students will activate their background knowledge on the importance of childhood belongings that were passed down through their family. They will understand the memories behind such belongings like that of Betty Doll and Trisha. Students will make inferences about the experiences Mary Ellen and Betty spent together. 

Posted by: Kelsey Peterson


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