Bibliographic Information: Sís, Peter. Madlenka. New York: Frances Foster, 2000
Brief Annotation: Madlenka’s tooth is loose, she must tell everyone! She goes on a journey around the world without leaving her block when she goes to visit her neighbors, the french baker, the Indian newsman, the Latin grocer, and more!
Grade Level: kindergarten-3
Reader who will like this: Students who enjoy books different cultures, big cities, or characters they can relate to.
Rating/Response: 5, I love how this book takes you on an adventure around the world from the perspective of a little girl going to tell her friends about a loose tooth. It reminds me of the excitement I used to have when my teeth came loose, and I think that will be very relate-able to students.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: Is it possible to travel around the world without leaving your block?
Reading Strategy: Questioning
Rationale for Strategy: This book is a wonderful choice for questioning as it gets students’ minds thinking about the different things in different countries. This is sure to spike their curiosity.
Posted by: Olivia Cyr