There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss

Book Review – A summary stated in the beginning page of the book defines the storybook as: ‘A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words’ …

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There_s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss (Book Review in mirandavoice.com)
 There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss (Book Review in mirandavoice.com)

Book: There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!

Genre: Children’s literature

Author: Dr. Seuss

Bright and Early Books for Beginning Beginners

Random House

Book Review: This yellow hard cover children’s book with the image of a boy with a strange creature in his pocket is a storybook of 14 colourful thick pages with illustrations of graffiti cartoon pictures describing a short rhyming story, a summary stated in the beginning page of the book defines the storybook as: ‘A household of unusual creatures help beginning readers recognize common “household” words’.

The construction of this children’s story is in sentences consisting of rhyming words, similar to the title of the story – which has two rhyming words i.e. WOCKET – POCKET; the word ‘pocket’ is a logical word in English literature – the word ‘pocket’ is a noun which basically imply ‘a small bag like attachment forming part of a garment and used to carry small articles’, whereas the word ‘wocket’ is considered a meaningless word in English literature.  In this narrative, the author has purposefully used the illogical words as names of weird funny creatures to create funny rhyming words with household objects; these sentences are fun to read and are also challenging for a child, as the child has to use his/her knowledge of phonics skills while reading these clever illogical words.

 

There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss, is an approximate 300 words narrative, with 31 sentences – most of sentences fall within the range of 15 words, with only two longer sentences; however all sentences has a discontinuity after maximum of 4 words, as the next words of the sentence (maximum 4 words) is printed on the succeeding line. These sentences are mostly formed with the help of 2, 3, 4 letter words; the number of letters in the rhyming words range from 3 to 10, in these rhyming words only the first letter differs, the remaining letters are alike e.g WOCKET – POCKET (this pattern of formation does differs for few rhyming words in the narrative).

 

This children’s literature at first impression seems to be suitable for preschoolers because of its presentation, a preschool child may find this book visually pleasing but except for the 2, 3, 4 letter words which a preschooler will find easy to read from the narrative the whole content with rhyming words may be difficult for a preschool child’s intellect; in my opinion this book is best suited for children of 6 to 8 years.

 

 Academic  Use of the book, There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! By Dr. Seuss:

The easy presentation of the content in this children’s book may result in middle school children failing to notice the complexity of the sentences in the narrative, and they might regard this storybook as preschoolers book – to change this notion, the teacher can introduce this storybook to the children by reading the narrative in class to reveal the fun and complex element of the sentences.

Follow-Up Activities –

  • Each child can be asked to read one sentence from the story; the teacher can help the children with the pronunciation of difficult words. (Appropriate for children of 6 to 8 years)
  • Children can be asked to participate in writing examples of similar sentences from the narrative on the whiteboard or blackboard – relating one word of the sentence for the name of strange fiction creature to rhyme with any classroom objects. (Appropriate for children of 6-7 years)
  • Group games: Each group of children has to write a minimum of 5 sentences on the whiteboard or blackboard in 10 minutes (by any child from the group voluntarily participating to write one sentence each) – to write examples of similar sentence from the narrative, relating one word of the sentence for the name of strange fiction creature to rhyme with any classroom or any random objects which the children come across on daily basis. (Appropriate for children of 8 years)

The above activities is good for enhancement of –

Vocabulary development,

Cognitive development,

Creative development

Reading skills,

Writing skills,

Social skills,

Learning the significance of time;

And also leads for development of self-confidence in children.


Amazon link: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket!: Dr. Seuss


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SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Book Review

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SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Sharon Dennis Wyeth  (Book Review on mirandavoice.com)

Book: Something Beautiful

Genre: Children’s literature

Author: Sharon Dennis Wyeth

Illustrator: Chris K. Soentpiet

Dragonfly Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books

Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Doubleday Books for Young Readers in 1998.

Book Review: SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, this children’s story emphasize that ‘beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder’, our perspective over daily matters structures our attitude in life. This story is written from the viewpoint of a girl in her middle childhood (6-8 years of age)  who wants to find out the sense of something beautiful in the life of people who live in her neighbourhood.

It is a large size story book of fifteen glossy pages, containing 14 large illustrations, the free space in each illustration is utilized for the short narrative of the story – to link the illustrations with the story. The realistic or photographic illustrations by Chris K. Soentpiet are in canvas texture.

 

SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL, is an approximate 500 words story; most of the words in the narrative are easy to pronounce, has a healthy mixture of shorter words (comprising of 2, 3, 4, 5, letters) and longer words (comprising of 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 letters), a number of longer words are a combination of two smaller words e.g.  some + thing = something,  court + yard = courtyard etc. The story has maximum number of sentences with number of words ranging between 5 to 15, and has only one sentence with number of words extending up to 19.

 

This children’s literature by Sharon Dennis Wyeth is broadly a conversation piece, an apt story for development of vocabulary and social skills in children of 4 to 8 years; a good reading material for children of 6 to 8 years, is also suitable to narrate as bedtime story for children of 4-5 years.

 

Academic  Use of the book, SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL by Sharon Dennis Wyeth:

For preschool kids, the teacher can narrate this story to a small group of (10-15) children with the aid of the story book for presentation of illustrations. For older children – a few number of this book can be circulated to be read at ease by all the children in the class (- appropriate for children of 7-8 years); each child can be asked to read a few lines from the story aloud in the class to complete the entire narrative, the teacher can help out the children in the pronunciation of difficult words (- appropriate for children of 6 years).

Follow-Up Activities –

  • A big box of colourful child friendly items can be presented before the child, the child can be asked to pick one or two items from the box which he/she finds the most attractive or beautiful; after the child picks up the item of his/her choice, the child can be asked the reason for the choice of his/her pick. (Appropriate for children of 4 to 6 years)
  • To form words (mentioned in the story), with the help of alphabet cards, comprising of 2, 3, 4, 5 letters (maximum number of letters in the word up to 5) – choices of many words can be displayed on a larger visual medium for the child’s convenience to pick and choose words of his/her preference from the visual medium, later the teacher can ask each child to pronounce the words which he/she has formed. (Appropriate for children of 4-5 years)
  • To write minimum 2 sentences with the prime word beautiful comprising in it, with minimum number of words in a sentence up to 5. (Appropriate for children of 6 years)
  • To copy and write any 3 sentences from the story-book that the child finds to be interesting in the story; then classify the words in each sentence into – Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives and Pronouns. (Appropriate for children of 7-8 years)

The above activities is good for enhancement of –

Cognitive development,

Vocabulary development,

Social skills,

Reading skills,

Learning of mathematical concepts;

Also leads for development of attention span in children,

Development of self-confidence,

Understanding of self-awareness.


Amazon link: Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth


No Talking – By Andrew Clements

Book Review

Author: Andrew Clements has written more than fifty books for children, including the award-winning, multimillion-copy bestseller Frindle.

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Book – No Talking

Genre – Children’s Literature

Author – Andrew Clements

Atheneum Books for Young Readers

An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

First paperback edition June 2009

Book Review: Dave Packer had to prepare a report on the history of India to give a presentation for five minutes or less for his social studies class, just some basic facts on anything related to India, he found the most interesting section on India was about how it became independent and thought the most interesting person in the story of India’s independence was Mahatma Gandhi – in one of the books, he read this about Gandhi:

For many years, one day each week Gandhi did not speak at all. Gandhi believed this was a way to bring order to his mind.

Dave wondered what that meant, “to bring order to his mind”, could something as simple as not talking change the way your mind worked? … this belief seemed to have been good for Gandhi; would not talking make him smarter?  So Dave decided to give this philosophy a try, to effort to keep his mouth shut all day on Monday, but giving this report in his social studies class on Monday would ruin his experiment … How would he cope with his experiment of “No Talking” for a day? How could this philosophy help Dave of fifth grade?

The story develops to discover the influence of Dave’s experiment – first as a personal goal of Dave which later transpires as a contest for two days between the students of the fifth grade as Boys vs. Girls, with a set of rules to follow; how the teachers deal with the peculiar situation on the first day of the contest, how the teachers involve themselves in this contest on the second day to appreciate the concept’s novel approach in the teaching and learning process.

 

As per my grasp of the story, the source of this story is founded on research discoveries of the concept – “No Talking”, executed in a school; the scheme of the narrative is purposely kept entertaining so as to captivate the curious mind of a child – which expresses about the author’s commendable story telling ability with a challenging storyline to narrate specifically to children. The concept and the clever narration  of the story is more appropriate  for children of 10 years and above to comprehend and appreciate, and at a leisurely pace a child probably  will take less than a week’s time to finish reading this book. The theme of the story is essentially based in a school background thus incudes a lot of names of students and teachers which could bring a trace of confusion in a young mind while reading.

 

 “No Talking” as an activity in school is a practical concept with many constructive benefits towards a child’s holistic development, as revealed in the book – this activity can be carried out in schools for 1 day, for at least 2 times in an academic year, for children above 10 years; for teachers this book caters as an useful resource book for planning this activity.


Amazon link: No Talking by Andrew Clements


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