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Teacher’s Pets #21 Out and About at the Supermarket

Out and About at the Supermarket

Written by Kitty Shea
Illustrated by Becky Shipe
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0295-9W
Ages: 4-9

This is a selection of non-fiction titles from Picture Window Books. Featured is OUT AND ABOUT AT THE SUPERMARKET by Kitty Shea, illustrated by Becky Shipe.

Kiddles love to learn facts. They love to spout them off in the least expected places. It makes them sound so smart and . . . oh so worldly. You’ve heard of name-droppers, well you can just think of them as fact-droppers. This sample of Picture Window Books will have KIDDLES dropping facts all over the place.
In Snack Time Around the World they may drop a fact about lumpia or merienda. In Think, Think, Think Learning About Your Brain, you may overhear them talking about something wrinkled and gray. Don’t worry. They’re not talking about you — even if you are wrinkled and gray. They’re describing their brain, complete with cerebellum, cerebrum, and brain stem.
And anyone knows that in Do Ducks Live in the Desert? – that — they DON’T! But, if you listen carefully, you might be able to find out where musk oxen, or periwinkles, or markhors live. What’s a markhor, anyway? Well, you may think that none of this really matters, but don’t let a KIDDLE hear you say that, especially after they have read Matter See It, Touch It, Taste It, Smell It. They’ll probably tell you that the universe is made up of billions of atoms and molecules. And . . . you know what, they’ll be right. So anytime you hear a fact–dropper, listen up! You are sure to learn something.

This review can also be seen on: SmartWriters

FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group

Written by Kitty Shea
Illustrated by Becky Shipe
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0295-9W
Ages: 4-9

“This book is good because you can learn about the market,” said Meg.

“Cereal is in the supermarket,” said Hannah.

“Milk, yogurt, and cheese are in the dairy department,” said Philippe.

“I like milk,” said Charlie. “It’s my favorite thing.”

“A supermarket has a butcher,” said Miguel. “A butcher grinds meat.”

“My favorite food is chicken,” said Becky.

“The supermarket keeps cold cuts in one spot,” said Keisha.

“And the fruit and vegetables in another spot,” said Pritka.

“Did you know the lettuce takes a shower?” asked Keisha.

Kurtis started to laugh. “I got wet the first time I saw a lettuce head getting a shower,” he said.

Keisha giggled, too. “I mean, what kind of lettuce would want to take a shower?”

“Keisha,” said Hannah, “the lettuce takes a shower so the customers will buy it. Then they won’t have to wash it at home.”

“Well, supermarkets have almost everything,” said Lucy.

“Yeah, don’t forget the sweet food aisle,” said Meg.

“You mean the junk food aisle,” said Pritka.

“SUGARY junk!” added Miguel with a laugh.

“I wonder what would happen if there were no supermarkets,” asked Anya.

“Well, the Pilgrims and the Native Americans did not have supermarkets,” said Kurtis.

“When they lived they had to grow their own foods,” said Juan. “such as carrots, potatoes, and lettuce.”

“I feel sorry for them,” said Sarit, “because they had to plant their own food and it took a long time.”

Katie-Erin shook her head. “I can’t believe they lived without supermarkets,” she said.

Marta agreed. “Yeah, if there was no such thing as a supermarket, the people would starve.”

“The supermarket is a great place to get all your produce, meats, sweets and grains that you use for your breakfast, lunch and dinners every day,” said Juan. “They have food for any occasion.”

“I’d recommend this book to someone who doesn’t like to go to the supermarket,” said Zach, “because after they read this book, they might go.”

Written by Michele Zurakowski
Illustrated by Jeff Yesh
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0283-5W
Ages: 5-10

“The book tells about different foods from around the world,” said Hannah.

“It tells you some of the places where you can have the best snacks,” said Charlie.

“Yeah, like . . . United States, Mexico, Senegal, England, Israel, Oman, Philippines, Vietnam, and Australia,” said Hannah ticking off each country on her fingers.

“There’s one drink in Oman,” said Philippe laughing, “which sends bubbles up your nose.”

“Limonada!” said Marta, “like lime or lemonade.”

“In England they drink smash,” said Philippe, “and in the Philippines, they eat lumpia.”

“It’s weird that in Australia an eating time is called, “TEA TIME”, but they don’t drink tea,” said Hannah.

“Popcorn is America’s favorite snack,” said Pritka.

“I don’t like popcorn,” said Lucy, “I LOVE it.”

“Yummy!” said Katie-Erin.

“I make popcorn in the microwave,” said Sarit.

“It’s a very crunchy snack,” said Juan.

“Snacks are fun,” said Keisha.

“And every snack is unique,” said Marta. “And they are different all around the world.”

Written by Pamela Hill Nettleton
Illustrated by Becky Shipe
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0252-5W
Ages: 5-9

“This book teaches you about your body,” said Keisha. “It has my favorite body part . . . called the brain.”

“Your brain works like a computer,” said Marta. “It makes you smart.”

“Your brain works even when you sleep,” said Pritka. “It helps you dream. And did you know your left side of your brain controls your right side and the right side controls the left side?”

“Well, I learned that I have a brain,” said Keisha, “and it makes me think.”

Written by Darlene Stille
Illustrated by Sheree Boyd
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0246-0W
Ages; 5-9

“This book is cool because it has fun facts,” said Hannah. “When I looked at the cover I said to myself, What is matter? Then when I read it, I knew what matter was – something that you can see, touch, taste, and smell.”

“We are matter,” said Pritka. “That means we take up space. Even air is matter.”

“I left this book with a lot of knowledge,” said Hannah. “When I first looked at the cover of the book, I thought, ‘This does not look very interesting, but it is never good to judge a book by its cover.’”

Written by Nick Fauchald
Illustrated by Bill Dickson
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0259-2W
Ages: 5-9

“This book is good for me,” said Philippe, “because I want to play baseball.”

“You need a glove, tennis shoes, a bat, and ball,” said Meg.

“ . . . and a helmet,” said Philippe.

Meg nodded. “You need to watch the ball when it comes, too,” she said.

“It taught me everything about baseball,” said Greg.

Written by Michael Dahl
Illustrated by Anne Haberstroh
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0290-8W
Ages: 4-9

“This book is packed with facts about where animals live,” said Juan.

“I liked it because it was funny,” said Lucy. “It certainly made me think of the desert.”

“It teaches you about animals in a fun way,” said Zach. “If you’re an animal lover, you should read this book.”

“The illustrations were so perky, I thought my eyes would pop out,” said Juan.

“And,” said Zach, “this book proves — DUCKS DON’T LIVE IN THE DESERT.”


(to be used with Out and About at the Supermarket)

Discuss the FOOD GROUPS with the children.
Write the group headings on chart paper. (MEAT/PROTEIN, FRUITS, etc) Encourage the children to suggest a variety of foods and write each food under the appropriate heading. List as many foods as they can possibly think of. When the lists are completed, hang them around the room for easy reference.




Ice cream


Next have the children make a FOOD GROUP book for each food category. Use one sheet of 9” x 12” colored construction paper, folded in half widthwise as the cover, and one sheet of manila paper folded in half widthwise as the inner pages. Label each cover with one of the food groups. (MEAT/PROTEIN, FRUITS, etc)

Then give the children a supply of supermarket fliers. Have them cut out a variety of food pictures and glue them into the correct book. Next, they need to label their pictures. Encourage them to use the charts that are hanging around the room to check for correct spelling. When the books are completed, they can be housed in a student classroom library for all to enjoy.

By placing the supermarket fliers in a center area this can be an on-going project, which the children can work on independently.

(to be used with Out and About at the Supermarket)

In the supermarket everything has its place. There is the cereal aisle and the canned goods aisle. There’s the dairy section and the produce section, and the meat and fish department. There is the deli and the bakery. AND late at night, the stock clerk makes sure that everything is in its place.

Turn your classroom into a superWORDmarket. It’s easy. Have the children place their desks in rows. Label each row with one of the following words. NOUN, VERB, ADJECTIVE
Make a variety of flash cards using nouns, verbs, and adjectives. (Ex.: moon, dance, beautiful) Be sure to make enough cards so that every child has one.
Next the children (word stock clerks) locate the aisle in which their word belongs and hold their cards in the air. Select a child to be the store manager. The store manager must check each aisle to be sure that everything is in its place.

This game can be used as a center activity for children to work on independently. Place the cards in an envelope and provide three baskets labeled NOUN, VERB, and ADJECTIVE. The children sort the flashcards into the correct baskets. You may want to color-code the backs of the cards so that the children can check their own work.

You can adapt this game to be used with long and short vowels, rhyming words, or a variety of other language arts skills. Be Creative!

(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)



SOMETHING GOOD by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
SUPERMARKET by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by Melanie Hope Greenberg
THE BRAIN Our Nervous System by Seymour Simon
WHAT IS THE WORLD MADE OF? All About Solids, Liquids, and Gases

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Teacher’s Pets #12 Read It- Readers: Fairy Tales


Read It- Readers: Fairy Tales
Picture Window Books
ISBN: 1-4048-0240-1W
12 Book Set $167.40
(Single Titles $13.95)
Ages 4 to 9

Do you ever want to believe something; I mean really, truly want to believe, even though you know it can’t possibly be true? Maybe you just want to believe because everyone else does. Or have you ever decided that you didn’t like someone because of how they look? These story concepts are as old as time, and there are many lessons to be learned from them.

You may have recognized the themes above as the, The Emperor’s New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling. These classic titles, and more, are published by Picture Window Books in their fairytale series. Teachers will love these books because they are specially designed for early readers. The varying degrees of difficulty, allows children to choose books that are just right for them.

Since many of the stories such as, The Three Billy Goat’s GruffThe Three Little Pigs, and The Three Bears are familiar to children, they are easier to read because children can predict what is coming next in the story. For example, when the wolf threatens to blow down the pig’s house, most children quickly repeat the wolf’s refrain, “I’ll huff and I’ll puff and I’ll blow your house in.” These predictable parts of the story make it easy for children to decode the text. Teachers love this early reading success; so do parents. And of course, the children revel in the fact that they are readers. These books are very “kiddle” friendly from their texts to their perky illustrations.

Although the books can be sold in the complete package from the publisher at Picture Window Books, single titles can also be purchased at competitive prices from your local bookstore. This collection of much loved stories would be a wonderful addition to any classroom library, or for that matter any child’s favorite bookshelf.

FROM the MOUTHS of KIDDLE CRITers: a critique group

The Emperor’s New Clothes

“I could tell that they were tricking the emperor,” said Hannah.

“Well, I think that the emperor only cared about clothes,” said Lucy.

“He’s the emperor,” said Zach, “He’s supposed to care about the people.”

“Lucy sighed. “Well, he cared about clothes more than he cared about people.”

“At the end the emperor’s going to say, ‘Look at all this fine clothing these people are making. Isn’t this fabulous?’ Then the people aren’t going to see anything,” said Zach.

“If I were the emperor,’ said Miguel, “I would feel like a fool.”

“The moral of the story is if you don’t think it,” said Pritka, “Don’t fake it!”

“ . . . and don’t give your money away, unless you see what you are getting,” said Juan with a laugh.

Jack and the Beanstalk

“The man said, ‘Give me the cow and I can give you the magic beans,’ said Miguel.

“There are no such things as magic beans,” said Juan, “And whoever heard of golden eggs?

“Juan, it’s an adventurous book,” said Pritka, “It gives strength to a child for being adventurous. I would recommend this book because it takes you to a new world. It’s like you are really in the story.

Ugly Duckling

“I would be very sad if I were the ugly duckling,” said Hannah. “His brothers and sisters kicked him out. That was a mean thing.”

“The ugly duckling was sad,” said Meg, “They were making fun of him.”

“But, the Ugly Duckling was really brave, too. He used a lot of courage . . . walking around the world when he was just a baby,” said Miguel.

“Yeah, I agree with Miguel. He was very courageous!” said Juan, “But I wouldn’t walk around the world just to try to fit in.”

Felino said. “I want to recommend this book. You can learn that you don’t have to be ugly or handsome or pretty . . . just be yourself.”

Miguel nodded.

“AND,” continued Felino, “I liked the part where the duckling turned into the swan.”

“Yeah,” said Miguel, “Then he was the beautiful one. He felt proud of himself.”

Three Billy Goat’s Gruff

“This book reminds me of The Three Little Pigs because they showed brother ‘supportedness,’” said Pritka. “The three pigs had three brothers and this story has three brothers . . . and they were supporting each other.”

“Yeah!” said Miguel. “The little-sized or the middle-sized goat couldn’t beat the troll. Only the biggest-sized could do it.”

“So he stood up to the troll and he tricked him,” said Keisha.

“The moral of the story is don’t give up – never give up. Encourage . . . and do your best,” said Pritka.

The Princess and the Pea

“The prince shouldn’t have gone all around the world just to find a princess,” said Keisha. “If I were the prince, I would look in other castles, but not in ALL the castles in the world. That’s crazy! Actually, it is a very good book . . .kind of crazy, but it is good. It teaches lessons. It teaches you to never go around the world to find a princess.”

Little Red Ridinghood

“I think the book was really great because it was like an adventure,” said Miguel.

“Little Red Ridinghood went to her grandmother’s house,” said Keisha.

“Then she saw a wolf,” said Miguel, “And she talked to the wolf.”

“ I think the wolf was after her,” said Keisha.

Yeah!” said Meg, “She was scared that the wolf was going to eat her.”

“Then Little Red Ridinghood thought the wolf ate her grandmother,” said Juan.

“I would recommend this book because it tells you a lesson,” said Miguel. “Never Talk to Strangers.”


“The frog said, ‘Come with me. You’ll be a good wife for my son,’ But Thumbelina didn’t want to be the frog’s son’s wife. She was a human being . . . and the son was not a person,” said Lucy.

“Thumbelina must have felt sad,” said Juan.

“Thumbelina was suffering very much,” said Pritka. “If I were Thumbelina, I would be brave and stand up for myself and say, ‘I would not like to marry you.’”

“I would recommend this book because I learned that sometimes people might ask you to do something that you do not want to do, and because Thumbelina was saying ‘NO’ to things that she didn’t want,” said Meg.


The illustrations really stand out,” said Keisha. “In my brain, I picture that they are really real, even though they are fairytales.”


Way-Way Off — BROADWAY!

You may as well get some mileage from these famous fairy tales. Children love to act in plays. They love to dress up in costumes and strut on stage . . . well most of them do. Fairy tales are easy to perform. Because the stories are familiar to children and because many of the stories are repetitive, they easily lend themselves to playacting. After reading the story to the children, let them reenact it using their own dialogue. They’ll be “huffing and puffing” all over the place. I hope they don’t blow your classroom in!

Did SO! Did NOT!

Now we all know that for every story there is a converse version. Listen to this dialogue.

“Mommmmmy! Harry hit me,” said Marge.

“Did NOT!” said Harry.

“DID SO!” said Marge.

Sound familiar?

Think now about fairy tales. Who do you believe . . . the Wolf or the Three Little Pigs? The wolf said he just wanted to borrow a cup of sugar for his dear old granny, and we all know how the pigs interpreted his visit. Then there was the troll who was just being friendly, as his mother had taught him. With stew bubbling on the stove and warm cornbread in the oven, the troll wanted company for dinner. Who wouldn’t? I wonder why the billy goats misunderstood so badly? All the troll said was, “I’d like to have you for dinner.”

Children will have a blast deciding who was right, and I can guarantee you will NEVER get everyone to agree on which character was telling the truth. But isn’t that the marvel of the mind?


Read several versions of a fairy tale (see alternative versions listed below) and compare and contrast the various details in the stories.

Children then can write their own versions of the story. Use Frank Schaffer Fairy Tale Sequencing Workbook # 675. Children put six fairy tale pictures in sequential order and paste them into a construction paper book. Then, depending on their age and ability, they can either write their own sentence about the picture or dictate a sentence to the teacher. At the end they will have their “own” version of the fairy tale.

The greatest part of this activity is that, because they are the writers of the text, they can easily read their stories. And they love to. They love sharing them with their classmates, and the room will be abuzz with Cinderella and Jack and Bears and Pigs and Thumbelina and a whole lot more. So this is not only a writing activity, but also a reading one.


After reading the converse version of a fairy tale, (see alternative versions listed below) students can compare the stories. For even more fun, have students set up a mock trial situation.

Assign students a character from a story and have them persuade a jury of their innocence.
For example, the three pigs could be on trial for cooking the wolf or the wolf could be on trial for harassing the pigs. Each character on trial must convince the judge and the jury of their innocence. What a great way to teach persuasive speech!


Bears Should Share! Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky, illustrated by Anne Lunsford and Lyn Martin

Cinderella/That Awful Cinderella by Alvin Granowsky, illustrated by Rhonda Childress

Giants Have Feelings, Too; Jack and the Beanstalk by Alvin Granowsky, illustrated by Linda Graves and Henry Buerchkholtz

The Three Billy Goats Gruff/Just a Friendly Old Troll retold by Alvin Granowsky, illustrated by Michele Nidenoff and Thomas Newbury

Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm, Wilhelm Carl Grimm, Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm, illustrated by James Carl Marshall

Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Helen Oxenbury

The Frog Prince–Continued by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Stephen T. Johnson

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, illustrated by Lane Smith

(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)



Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales and Stories


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