Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Traveling Square Cat

Eula Square Cat
 traveled to Grand Prairie,Texas this month to visit with Ms. McDonald's Kindergarten class
for a lesson all about cats!

Since we're studying expository texts, all last week we researched cats and on Friday we reviewed what narratives are and read Square Cat.  The class discussed the differences between both types of texts and then voted on their favorite type.  Since my class is a Spanish speaking class, I translated Square Cat into Spanish and we wrote in Spanish.  They had to tell me why they preferred the text they chose and then created their cat.

I loved this book more because ...
it teaches you what a cat needs.
it gave me information.
it gives you much information about cats.
it speaks of what you shouldn't give cats.
it taught us things about cats.
it told me how much hair a cat can have.

I loved this book more because...
it made me laugh.
it is funny.
the cat was square.
the cat had ponytails.
the cat was always falling.
the round cats got into boxes.
the round cats made square cat happy.

Thank you, Ms. McDonald's Class! 

Grand Prairie Independent School District 
Lee Elementary School
Grand Prairie, Texas

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The N.Y. Times Sunday Book Review

Extra! Extra! Read all about it!!
December 19, 2014
Squarely in the primary-color, animal-intense tradition of the modern ABC book, Elizabeth Schoonmaker’s “Square Cat ABC” brings back the orange kitty Eula from “Square Cat,” in what is, yes, a lovely square book. A brilliant full-page red A for “Amazing” features a blue-and-pink mouse sliding down the leg of the letter into the next page, where she or he befriends the square cat, who’s digging in her garden. Fans of “Square Cat” will recognize the theme of friendship’s embrace of difference, as Eula introduces the frightened mouse to her pal the porcupine. Schoonmaker’s page-filling red letters and bright watercolors enhance the short and sweet story meant for the youngest readers, which associates the letters with everyday words that a child might say: “Whoa,” “Stop,” “Hooray.” When Eula persists in finding spinach “eXtremely Yucky,” the friendly mouse offers her “Zucchini, perhaps?” Touches like that give “Square Cat ABC” the makings of a classic: Its substance comes from wearing its visual and verbal cleverness so lightly.