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Regarding the Fountain: A Tale in Letters, of Liars, and Leaks
by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise
Ages 8+, 138 pages
I LOVED this book for many reasons! I found myself smiling and laughing aloud while reading it, so I cringe putting on actual ‘age’ on this book. The entire book is done in the form of letters, postcards, memos, artwork, and newspapers. I love reading letters, perhaps since hardly anyone writes personal letters anymore with today’s technology. A middle school principal asks for a new drinking fountain to be built, since the present fountain is old and leaky. He contacts Florence Waters who designs custom water fountains and this is when the fun begins. Florence’s designs are unique and she’s very passionate about her designs, so she asks for student creations. Communication begins between students and Florence. There are wonderful illustrations of students’ fountain ideas. Florence travels around the world for fountain designs, so children learn about new discoveries. Lies are slowly unveiled as students research Dry Creek’s history and gather more information about the fountain. At times I probably looked odd reading the book, since I was reading it upside for pictures. Also, the various letter examples help children learn how to write letters. I described it as a ‘Dr.Seuss‘ fountain, because Florence Waters doesn’t make ordinary fountains instead her only limitations are what she thinks. I highly recommend this book!
Ages 5 – 8, genre: humor, imaginary, 32 pages with a few sentences on each page
This review is for the entire Black Lagoon series. It describes the fears about what their teacher will be like on the first day of school. Will the teacher have fangs, eat students, or assign fractions for homework? It makes the subject light at the end, since of course their teacher is not a monster at all. Children love this series and want to listen over and over. Other characters in the Black Lagoon series include: the principal, school nurse, the bus driver, music teacher, and more. This could be a fun way to introduce different individuals at school. I often ask what they think happens next to students, since it’s all so terrible.
– opening page:
It’s the first day of school. I wonder who my teacher is. I hear Mr. Smith has dandruff and warts.
ages 6-9, book genre: fairy tale
The book is 29 pages with a large picture and normally one paragraph on each page.
I’ve forgotten how many times I’ve read this to children. Just as the title states that it’s the ‘true story’ of the 3 little pigs & the big wolf. However, this story is based on the wolf’s point of view so of course he doesn’t think he’s big and bad. I like this book, because even though I’ve read it numerous times it still makes me laugh from a new perspective. Scieszka has written other books in this similar humor, such as The Stinky Cheese Man. It has some references to eating pigs, so younger children may be surprised at first when characters are eaten. I also used this book in a classroom with writing and the students wrote a new twist to a story that’s been told before. I haven’t been in a classroom where the students didn’t enjoy this well-known story with a new perspective.
Everybody knows the story of the Three Little Pigs. Or at least they think they do. But I’ll let you in on a little secret. The real story is…I was framed!