Oliver is different. He enjoys his solitude. He likes playing with his friends, who are puppets, stuffed animals, and other toys. With his rich imagination, Oliver’s day is never dull. There are bridges to cross, sharks to fight, and treasures to find! But maybe toys don’t always give a boy everything he needs. Maybe he needs another kind of companion. Will Oliver discover a way to be, well, different? When his tennis ball rolls across the lawn into the yard of the girl next door, he just might be surprised.
Oliver has always wanted to be a dancing elephant, but what will he do when he discovers the circus already has enough elephants? Beginning readers will laugh out loud as they follow Oliver’s adventures and find out how this elephant of unique charm and talent finally achieves his dream. Now available in full color! Do the Oliver activities (included in the lesson plan/activities for O) This is a good book to talk about beginning/middle/end – -plot. It also is a good one to talk about character and setting…and all around good story!
Here is] a charming introduction to the truly amazing octopus [from its intelligence to its ability to change colors to the camouflaging black ink it squirts to escape predators]. Lauber’s chatty, fact-filled text makes the book a good read-aloud, and Keller’s amusing and colorful drawings enhance it—a perfect match of text and illustration.” —SLJ.
Children’s Books of 1990 (Library of Congress) Do the Octopus Activities (it has its own packet but then also there are some activities in the Letter O Lesson Plan/activity packet) This is a great nonfiction book and a great introduction to children about nonfiction writing. You can do a KWL chart (and there is one included), and talk about what Octobus have, can do, are… (included as well). This book pairs will with the other ocean book (found below).
Have fun with Olivia…-dressing up -singing songs -building sand castles -napping (maybe) -dancing -painting on walls -and — whew! — going to sleep at last. Everyone loves Olivia!
Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket. “Fuzzy goes where I go,” said Owen. But Mrs. Tweezers disagreed. She thought Owen was too old for a blanket. Owen disagreed. No matter what Mrs. Tweezers came up with, Blanket Fairies or vinegar, Owen had the answer. But when school started, Owen’t mother knew just what to do, and everyone — Owen, Fuzzy, and even Mrs. Tweezers — was happy.
Teachers and parents, take note: this book is already a classic. Two geniuses–author and illustrator–came into perfect alignment to create this book. The author has kids thinking it is entertainment while adults think it is a great lesson about the ocean. The genius of the illustrator is obvious. With painstaking detail each illustration is created entirely of polymer clay, then photographed, creating a 3-D impression of tremendous vitality. Kids will sing, clap, and count their way among pufferfishthat puff, gruntfishthat grunt and seahorses that flutter, and begin to appreciate life in the ocean.And the art will inspire many a project. Plus there are several pages of extension ideas for curriculum and art projects as well as resources on the web and elsewhere This book you can sing with a catchy tune..it is a great introduction to the many different ocean creatures. Do the ocean activities found in the Octopus Activity set. Make an ocean scene! Label the creatures!
Bursting with fun and imaginative details, this is a story of a little boy who fantasizes about the amusing and practical possibilities of owning a pet octopus. This makes a great writing prompt…how would it be if you owned an octopus (included in Letter O pack).