Sunday, November 28, 2010

Author Study

In December we will be reading books written by Kate DiCamillo. Kate DiCamillo is an award winning author of children's books. Among her many awards is a Newbery Medal for her first novel Because of Winn-Dixie.

DiCamillo has a series of colorfully illustrated stories about Mercy Watson, that we will be reading through out the month. The illustrator, Chris Van Dusen, and DiCamillo have created a the delightful, lovable character in Mercy Watson. Mercy is a pig, who is part of the Watson family. As Mr. Watson often points out, Mercy is a "porcine wonder".

After lunch each day we will be reading another of
DiCamillo's novels, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Through out the month, as we read DiCamillo's books we will be discussing story structure: the characters, plot, conflicts, and the resolution, of her stories. We will compare the stories and converse about how the stories make us feel and how the illustrations enhance the stories.

Author Study is one of my favorite monthly themes. I hope the children will enjoy learning about Kate DiCamillo and her books as much as I have.

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