Smoky Night

Smoky Night

Bibliographical Information: Bunting, E. (1994). Smoky Night. San Diego: Harcourt Brace.

Brief Annotation: This book is in the view of a boy who experienced the Los Angeles riots.  He loses his cat during a fire that is set on his apartment building and spends his time worrying about finding it.

Genre: Inferences

Grade Level: Kindergarten-4

Readers who will like this: I think this book is great for anyone who has lost someone or something and is worried they may never find it again.  I think the illustrations and pictures in this book are also very interesting and I think readers will really appreciate them.

Rating/Response: 4.5 As I mentioned above, I really enjoyed the images in this book.  They are much different from your average book and incorporate what appear to be real pictures and show the depth of despair in the riots taking place.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: What do we already know about riots?

Reading Strategy: Inferences

Rationale for Strategy: I chose this book because making inferences with it is very easy.  The pictures provide readers with multiple questions they can ask as well as the story line.

Posted by: Brittany Billiet


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