As most of the world can relate to, I've been stuck in a snowpocalypse rut. I think there is an unsaid rule somewhere that snow days = lazy days. So today,when I saw Amanda's post about "Must Read Monday" I knew this was a great place to jump in and get blogging again. One of my all time favorite books to read is Katie Loves the Kittens by John Himmelman. The story line is touching, compassionate, and relatable. The main character (dog) in the story Katie has 3 new kittens who have come to live with her. She looooves the kittens so much that she just can't control herself. Her overwhelming love makes her bark and chase the kittens. She simply can't help it...she is bursting with love for the kittens!
I've used this book over the years for many different lessons. It's excellent for book reports because it has all the elements needed to explain the different components. I've used it for cause and effect. It's also interesting to read and have discussions about. I explain how sometimes we have great intentions, we don't mean to say or do something hurtful, but sometimes, despite our best efforts we do. This book is a great example of how sometimes things just come across wrong when you don't mean them too. Whatever you decide to use it for, I believe it would be a great addition to your elementary classroom. Check back next Monday for another book recommendation!