Bibliographic Information: Harris, Christine, and Catherine Walters. Oliver All Alone. New York: Dutton Children’s, 1994. Print.
Brief Annotation: This book is about the time around Christmas and a puppy who is left at home alone while his owners are out. It is all about his adventure in the house and he experiences using some of his five senses.
Grade Level: Kindergarten-4
Reader who will like this: Students who like books about dogs and who also love the holiday time period. This is a book about Christmas, so it should not necessarily be used in a public school.
Rating/Response: 4, this book is an easy to read book with beautiful pictures on every page. It is also interesting to hear the story of the dog and even to relate to some of the things he experiences like being scared of shadows and weird noises.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: How would you feel if you were left at home alone? Imagine what you might feel if you were home alone during Christmas Eve at night.
Reading Strategy: Visualization
Rationale for Strategy: This book has some great pictures that will get students thinking visually. I would probably have them do something with thinking about shadows and the different forms shadows can make that make us think they are something else. I may also have them draw what their house looks like at Christmas time.
Posted by: Breanna Richey