If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

If You Take a Mouse to the Movies

Written by: Laura Numeroff

Illustrated by: Felicia Bond

Grade levels: K-2

Theme/Skills: Kindness, charity and Christmas

Genre: Fiction, humor

Summary: If You Take a Mouse to the Movies is a charming and humorists book about the hassle it would be if you took a mouse to the movies.

Pre-reading activity: Review with your students how the sequence of a book affects the book. 

Post reading activity/assessment: Read to the class If You Give a Moose a Muffin and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. After sharing all three books with your class, each student will write and illustrate their own books. Explain to your students that the book needs to follow the same format that the above books follow. The books should have a certain sequence and be predictable.

Meet the Author: Laura Numeroff did not begin her college career knowing she was destined to be an author. Laura began attending college for fashion design and soon realized that fashion design was not what she wanted to do with her life. She began taking courses on illustration, animation and photography.  One of Laura’s first assignments was to write and illustrate a children’s book. As fate would have it her first book, Amy For Short was published by Macmillan in 1975. This would be the beginning of Laura Numeroff’s impressive career. For more information on Laura Numeroff please visit her website at http://www.lauranumeroff.com/.

Meet the Illustrator: Felicia Bond is the illustrator of several children’s books. She is also the author and illustrator of the Poinsettia series.

 

A Very Brave Witch

A Very Brave Witch

Written by: Alison McGhee

Illustrated by: Harry Bliss

Grades: Kindergarten-Grade 2

Theme/Skill: Halloween, friendship, bravery and witches

Genre: Fiction

Summary: A young, brave witch was excited because it was her favorite holiday, Halloween. Most witches are afraid of humans but a brave little witch wanted to take a closer look at what was happening on her favorite holiday. As she approaches a small town on her broom stick she hears children saying something weird. The brave witch was distracted and flew her broom stick into a tree. Soon she was surrounded by humans asking if she was ok. What will happen to the brave little witch? What will the humans say or do when they see a real witch?

Pre reading activity: Before reading the story ask the students what their favorite holiday is and why. Ask them if anyone in the classroom likes Halloween. Ask them what their favorite part of Halloween is. Explain to them that they will be listening to a story about a brave witch who’s favorite holiday is Halloween.

Post reading Activity: Have the students draw a picture of a time when they had to be very brave. Have the students present their pictures to the class.

Reflection: I happened upon this book in October two years ago in a little store in Salem, Massachusetts. I picked up the book and read through it with a smile on my face the whole time! I felt like I was meant to find this book so that I could share it with my class once I returned from my vacation. My students loved the story! I told them the story of how I found the book and showed them pictures from Salem. It was a memorable experience.

About the Author: Alison McGhee is a New York Times best-selling author and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. When Alison is not busy writing she is an associate professor of creative writing at Metropolitan State University. Alison writes for all ages. Alison writes essays, poetry, novels and picture books. Allison has won several awards including, the Parents’ Choice Award, the GLCA National Fiction Award, Gold Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Award, Friends of the American Library Award and ALA Best Books for Children. For more information on Alison, please visit her website at http://www.alisonmcghee.com/index.html.

                                                                        

About the Illustrator: Harry Bliss grew up in Upstate New York in a family full of artists and painters. Harry Bliss has illustrated dozens of covers for children’s books before embarking on his career as a cartoonist and creating covers for the New Yorker Magazine. The first book Harry Bliss illustrated was A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech. A Fine, Fine School was a New York Times Best Seller. A Very Brave Witch is also a New York Times Best seller. For more information on Harry Bliss please visit his website at http://www.harrybliss.com/main_content.html.

McGhee, A. (2009). A very brave witch. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books.

 

Strega Nona Her Story

Strega Nona Her Story

Author and Illustrator: Tomie dePaola

Grade levels: K-2

Theme/Skills: Magic, witches and European

Genre: Folktales, fables and humor

Summary: This story takes place a long time ago in Calabria, a small village in Italy. A strong storm was shaking the village as Giuseppe’s wife went into labor. Giuseppe was worried that the storm was too strong for Grandma Concetta to arrive in time to deliver her granddaughter. Miraculously, Grandma Concetta arrived just in time to deliver her granddaughter. Grandma Concetta decided to name the baby Nona and she knew Nona would become a Strega. Grandma Concetta was a Strega and as soon as Nona was old enough Grandma Concetta began teaching Nona everything she knew. Soon Nona was of school age and went off to study at the convent. Nona quickly became friends with a young girl named Amelia. Nona and Amelia would often visit Grandma Concetta together to learn her magic. After the girls graduated from the convent school they enrolled in an Academy in the city to learn how to become Stregas. Amelia loved the city and she liked learning the modern way of doing magic that the academy taught but Nona missed the old ways and Grandma Concetta. Nona decided to leave the city and return home to learn from Grandma. Amelia returned to visit Grandma Concetta and Nona. Amelia announced that she had graduated from the academy and was going to open a shop across town. Did Amelia become a great Strega? What is to become of Amelia and Nona? Will Nona become a great Strega?

Pre-reading activity: Your students will need some prior knowledge of the following story elements, setting, problem/goal, characters, plot/main events, lesson/theme and solution/outcome. Before reading Strega Nona Her Story with your class, briefly review the above story elements.

During the reading activity: Complete a story man with your students. The idea of story man comes from a book written by Colleen Meier, a teacher in the Auburn School District. Her book is titled, ELA Instruction Made Simple, Simple Steps to Reading and Writing Success! You would need to create your Story Man before reading the book. The Story Man can be drawn as a simple stick figure or as the main character of the story. (Sometimes the school art teacher is willing to help.) As you are reading the story and come across these story elements add the details to your Story Man.

                                                         Story Man

Assessment: After the students have practiced using Story Man several times. Give them a story to read independently and Story Man worksheet to fill in.

Reflection: Strega Nona Her Story is a delightful book on how Strega Nona became Strega Nona. The book just gives you a good feeling and the end will leave you smiling. Another must read book by Tomie dePaola!

                                                       

About the Author and Illustrator: Tomie de Paola has had an impressive career! He has written over 100 children’s books and he has illustrated over 250 children’s books. Tomie de Paola’s love for books probably stems from his mother’s love for books. Tomie’s mother would read to him every day. By age four Tomie had his mind and heart set on becoming an author and an illustrator. Little did Tomie know that someday he would achieve his dream and become an award winning author and illustrator. Tomie de Paola’s many accomplishments include winning the Caldecott Honor Award for Strega Nona. Tomie has received a Newberry Honor Award for 26 Fairmount Avenue and a Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. Tomie turned 76 on September 15, 2010. He impressively holds 8 Honorary Doctoral Degrees from 8 different colleges and universities. He is not married and does not have any children but, Tomie does have his beloved dog, Bronte. For more information on Tomie de Paola, please visit his website www.tomie.com.

Paola, T. D. (1996). Strega nona, her story. Putnam Pub Group.

 

The Teacher From the Black Lagoon

The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

By: Mike Thaler

Illustrated by: Jared Lee

Grade levels: K-2

Theme: Elementary school, new experiences, confronting and resolving fears

Genre: Fiction and humor

Summary: A young boy is terrified to start school because he has heard horrible rumors about all the teachers. Rumors have it that Mrs. Green is the worst teacher of them all! The boy is scared when he arrives at school and realizes he has Mrs. Green for a teacher. He hurries to her room and quickly finds a seat. He folds his hands and closes his eyes to calm himself as the classroom door begins to open.  Mrs. Green enters the room and to his surprise all the rumors are true. Mrs. Green is really a green monster. When students begin misbehaving, Mrs. Green disciplines them in an interesting and terrifying way. Suddenly the school bell rings. Wait! Could all of this really be happening? Was it just a horrible nightmare or is Mrs. Green really a monster?

Pre-reading activity: Ask your class, by a show of hands, who was nervous to start school on their first day?  Ask students to share what they thought their new class would be like. Follow up by asking them if their thoughts were correct?

Before beginning the story, explain to the class that books happen in a certain order on purpose. Being able to understand the sequence of the book helps with comprehension. So as they are listening to the story they need to pay extra special attention to the order of events that are taking place.

Post reading activity/assessment: After reading the story, ask the class, ‘who can remember the very first thing that happened in this story?’ Remind students to use as much detail as possible. Write the students responses of the order of events on chart paper. Review the details as a class.

Reflection: I love reading the Black Lagoon series to my students about a month into a new school year. I enjoy hearing the students’ misconceptions of school. This series allows the students to laugh at some things they might have also been scared about starting the school year. I enjoy sharing this series if a new student enters the classroom. I think it helps the student feel more comfortable when they realize their anxieties were shared by others.

About the Author: Mike Thaler, the award winning author, began his successful career in 1961. Since the start of his career Mike has written over 200 children’s books. Mike did not begin his career as a children’s book author he began drawing cartoons for adults. As fate would have it, a children’s book editor saw Mike Thaler’s work and he encouraged Mike to use his talent for writing children’s books instead. Mike’s books have won several “Children’s Choice Awards”. Mike and his wife Patty currently live in Portland, Oregon. For more information about Mike Thaler please visit his website at http://mikethaler.com/index.html.

About the Illustrator: Before serving two years in the military, Jared Lee, graduated from The John Herron Art Institute earning his BFA. After Jared’s two years of service he worked one year as a greeting card designer before beginning his free-lanced career. Since his career began Jared has illustrated over 80 children’s books. Jared is best known for his work on the Black Lagoon series with author Mike Thaler. Jared Lee has received numerous awards including an award from The National Cartoonist Society. Jared and his wife, P.J., currently live in Southwest Ohio with a large variety of pets. For more information on Jared Lee, please visit his website at http://www.jaredlee.com/index.html.

Thaler, M. (1989). The teacher from the black lagoon. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers

Written and Illustrated by: Stan & Jan Berenstain

Grade levels: K-3

Theme/Skills: Strangers and safety

Genre: Fiction

Summary: Brother and Sister Bear live with their parents in Bear Country. Brother and Sister Bear are alike in many ways but in one way they are very different. Brother is careful and cautious around strangers while Sister is carefree about strangers. Brother became upset one day and confronted Sister for talking to a stranger. Brother Bear was not able to answer Sister Bear’s question of why she should not talk to strangers so they asked Papa Bear to explain it. Papa Bear explains why it is important to not talk to strangers. The way Papa Bear explains strangers to Sister Bear makes Sister afraid of everything. Mama Bear notices Sister Bear’s fears are consuming her life and Mama decides to explain stranger danger in a different way. What do apples have to do with strangers? Will Sister Bear be afraid of strangers forever?

Pre-reading activity: Before reading this book, ask your students if they know what a stranger is. Ask them if they know what to do if a stranger were to approach them.

Post reading activity: After reading this story, display on the board Brother and Sister Bear’s Rules for Cubs. (This is located on the last page of the book.) Review with your class the rules of what to do about strangers. Add any additional ideas the students may come up with to the chart.

Assessment: Have students write a reflection in response to the following question, “What would you do if your saw your brother or sister talking to a stranger?”

Reflection: I think that this is a good book to introduce students to the dangers of strangers. I appreciate that the book shows two different ways to approach children about this important topic. Papa Bear uses a bit of fear to explain why it is important to stay away from strangers. But Mama Bear explains strangers in a whole different way. I love the way Mama Bear compares strangers to apples. I feel that it puts strangers into a perspective that children can understand.

About the Authors and Illustrators: This dynamic husband and wife duo began writing the Berenstain Bears series in 1962 with the first story, The Big Honey Hunt. They have since published over a whopping 250 Berenstain Bears books. Stan and Jan Berenstain’s son, Mike, joined the family business in the 1980’s and has illustrated over forty Berenstain Bear books. Stan Berenstain passed away in 2005 at age 82. Jan Berenstain passed away in 2012 at age 88. Even though Jan and Stan Berenstain are no longer with us, they will both live on through the legacy of their son and their wonderful books.

Berenstain, S., & Berenstain, J. (1985). The berenstain bears learn about strangers. New York: Random House Books for Young Readers.

Cool Dog School Dog

Cool Dog, School Dog

Written by: Deborah Heiligman

Illustrated by: Tim Bowers

Grade levels: PreK-2

Theme: Elementary school

Genre: Fiction, Rhyming story

Summary: Tinka is beautiful Golden Retriever who does not like to be alone during the day. One day after his owner leaves for school Tinka decides to follow him. Tinka causes a disruption at school and the classroom teacher is not happy. While Tinka waits to be picked up by his owner he sits quietly and listens to the students reading a story.

Pre reading activity: Ask the students to share with the person next to them if they have any pets at home. Ask them to share with each other what type of pets they have and their pets names.

Post reading activity/assessment: Have the students write and illustrate a story of their own about what the school day would be like if their favorite pet was allowed to come to school with them for a day.

Reflection: This is a cute story that I feel every child wishes would happen to them. What child would not love if their doggy snuck into school one day? I love the ending and that Tinka enjoys listening to the children read stories.

About the Author: Deborah Heiligman graduated in 1980 from Brown University with a degree in religious studies. She has written over 28 children’s books. Some of Deborah’s book titles include From Butterfly to Caterpillar, Honeybees and Celebrate Hanukkah. Deborah Heiligman currently lives in New York City with her husband and two sons. For more information on Deborah Heiligman visit her website at http://deborahheiligman.com/.

About the Illustrator: Tim Bowers first children’s book was published in 1986. Since his first book was published Tim has illustrated over 25 children’s books. Before Tim became a children’s book illustrator he worked for Hallmark Greeting Cards where he was credited for helping to create the popular Shoebox line of greeting cards. Tim and his family currently live in Granville, Ohio. For more information please visit Tim Brower’s website at http://www.timbowers.com/pages/biography.html.

Heiligman, D. (2009). Cool dog, school dog. New York, NY: Amazon children’s publisher.

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Sir Cumference and the First Round Table

Written by: Cindy Neuschwander

Illustrated by: Wayne Geehan

Grade levels: 3rd-5th

Theme/Skill: Real-World Math, Geometry, Word Problems and Middle Ages

Genre: General Nonfiction, Fables, Folk Tales and Comedy

Summary: A long time ago there lived a King named Arthur. King Arthur lives in a faraway land called Camelot. Camelot was a safe and peaceful place to live until their neighbors to the north, The Circumscribers, began gathering at Camelot’s boarder with threats of war. King Arthur called all his knights to his castle to decide what they should do about The Circumscribers. The King’s table was a long rectangular table and it was impossible to hear what the knights were saying at the other end of the table. A knight named Sir Cumference decided to build a table where all could be heard. Sir Cumference tried many different table designs but none of them seemed to work. King Arthur became very frustrated with Sir Cumference not being able to build a functional table for the King and his knights to hold their meetings. Will Sir  Cumference find a solution and be able to build a functional table? Will King Arthur and his knights come up with a solution to keep The Circumscribers at bay? Will the town of Camelot stay safe?

Pre-reading activity: Before reading the story ask students to take out a sheet of paper. Ask students to brain storm a list all the vocabulary math terms that they know, e.g., multiplication, division, geometry. Inform your students that they will be listening to a story that is about a King named Arthur. King Arthur has a huge problem that he uses math to solve. Allow your students to add any math vocabulary terms that they might hear during the story to their brainstormed list.

Post reading activity: Give students a bag of manipulative pattern blocks. Tell your students that they have a very important assignment from King Arthur. Your students have been commissioned to build a new table for him to use in his kingdom. Have your students use the pattern blocks to create their own table. Once their new table is created, ask your students to trace the shape of the table. Have your students provide a brief written explanation of whether or not they believe their table will please King Arthur. Have your students provide examples that support their opinions.

Reflection: Sir Cumference and the First Round Table is a unique book that sparks students’ curiosity about math. This book shows students how math can be applied in the ‘real world’. Every teacher has heard the famous question from their students, “why do I need to learn this?”. This book provides a comical response to that question. No, students are not going to be asked to build a table for King Arthur but they might be faced with a similar challenge in their life or future career.

About the Author: Cindy Neuschwander is not only an established author; she is also a teacher. Cindy Neushcwander has taught at every grade from elementary to high school. Her writing career began in 1994 when she saw a need for better literature within her math classroom. Cindy decided to write the books herself and became a published author. Some of Cindy’s book titles include Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone and Sir Cumference and the Great Knight of Angleland. For more information please visit Cindy Neuschwander’s website at http://www.cneuschwander.com/.

About the Illustrator: Wayne Geehan currently lives in Acton, Massachusetts with his wife and four children. Wayne Geehan did not always dream of becoming an illustrator but he did like to draw and he could draw better than most. Wayne attended the Art Institute of Boston and after graduation became a freelance artist. He has been a freelance artist for over 30 years. During the last 15 years Wayne has illustrated several children’s books. Wayne is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and several other associations.  If you would like more information on Wayne Geehan, please visit his website at, http://waynegeehan.com/index.asp.

Neuschwander, C. N. (1998). Sir cumference and the first round table. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc.

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t)

Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t)

Written by: Barbara Bottner

Illustrated by: Michael Emberley

Grade levels: PreK-2

Theme/Skills: Schools, reading, social issues, teachers, librarians and children’s books

Genre: Fiction and humor

Summary: Miss Brooks is a school librarian and she is incredibly enthusiastic about books. Miss Brooks loves books so much that she often dresses up as the story characters while reading the books to her students.  Missy, one of Miss Brooks’ students, is not enthusiastic about books. Missy really has no interest at all in books and she is terrified when Miss Brooks announces that book week is approaching. Every student must pick their favorite book to share with the class. After returning home from school, Missy panics at the thought of completing the assignment and asks her mom if they can move. When Missy learns from her mother that there is a librarian in every town, Missy is discouraged and realizes she must complete the assignment. Will Missy’s teacher be able to help Missy find her love for reading? Will Missy be able to complete the assignment?

Pre-reading activity: Before you begin reading the story, ask students to share what they like to read and what interests them. For example, do they like a certain sport, a place they would like to visit, historical events or fairy tales. Encourage all of your students to briefly share at least one thing.

Review with your students the “W” questions, who, what, where, when and how. If review is needed you may use a previously read book to model the answers to the questions with the class. Inform your students that after they have listened to the story Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I don’t), they will be answering the “W” questions.

Post reading activity/Assessment: After you have shared the book with your students post the following questions on the board:

Who was the main character?

What was the story about?

Where did the story take place?

When did the story take place?

How did the story end?

You may do this as a group discussion or have the students complete a written response.

Reflection: The title of the book is what first drew me to the book. My maiden name is Brooks and I knew my students would get a kick out of hearing a book with my name in it. Thankfully I was right and the book was and still is a huge success in my room. This book is terrific to share in every classroom. This book reminds teachers and students how much fun reading can be.

About the Author: Barbara Bottner is the author of over thirty-six children’s books. Barbara is not only an author; she is also an award winning writing teacher. Some of her former students include, Bruce Degan, Antoinette Portis and Peggy Rathmann. If being an author and an award winning teacher was not impressive enough, Barbara Bottner has created award winning animated shorts for Sesame Street. If you would like more information on Barbara Bottner, visit her website at http://www.barbarabottnerbooks.com/artwork.html.

About the Illustrator: Michael Emberley is an author and an illustrator. Some people may say that being and author and illustrator was in Michael’s jeans. Michael’s father and sister make children’s books. Even Michael’s wife is an author and an illustrator. Michael grew up in Ipswich, Massachusetts and he currently lives in Dublin, Ireland. Michael Emberley has a variety of artistic styles and he does not like to keep himself tied down to just one style. Michael is always looking for new and interesting projects to explore. Michael splits his time between his love of art and his love of bicycle racing. To learn more about Michael, please visit his website at  http://www.michaelemberley.com/.

Bottner, B. (2010). Miss brooks loves books! (and i don\’t). New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Accept and Value Each Person

Accept and Value Each Person

Written by: Chari J. Meiners

Illustrated by: Meredith Johnson

Grade levels: Pre K-2nd grade

Theme/Skill: Learning to get along and accepting differences

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Summary: Accept and Value Each Person is a story that introduces kids to diversity. This book shows kids the importance of accepting each other and valuing each person for who they are. This lovely picture book features a young girl and her adventures of making new friends while keeping her old friends. During the young girls adventures she meets a wide variety of children from many different ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. She meets some students with physical disabilities and demonstrates for readers how to appropriately react in these diverse situations.

*The following activities are adapted from activities that are suggested in the back of the book. These activities are from page 34, “Alike and Different” game.*

Pre-reading activity:  

Preparation: Prepare a worksheet with a grid of four or eight squares. In each square, write a topic or question like the following; photocopy a worksheet for each child.

  • What is your favorite color (book, toy, school subject, game)?
  • How many teeth have you lost?
  • How old are you?
  • How many people are in your family?

Directions: Read aloud a question from the worksheet, and have or help children fill in their answers using words or simple pictures. Continue until all squares are filled. Have the students make a prediction on if they think all their answers will be the same or if they think their answers will be different. Discuss students’ predictions and tell them that they will have a chance to see if their predictions are correct after they hear a story.

Post reading activity/Assessment: After the story give each child a blue and red crayon. Have children form groups of two or three to compare how they answered the questions. Ask children to tally on their worksheets their group members’ responses to the questions: If another child answered the same way, the child will put a blue X in the box and a red X if the answer is different. Then have children compare their findings of how many ways they are similar or unique in the group. Have children think of ways they are the same.

Reflection: This is a wonderful book for teachers to use in their classrooms. The last four pages of the book are filed with different ideas for teachers to help further reinforce the ideas shared within the book. The back of the book features additional questions you can ask your students and different activities or games that you could do with your class.

About the Author: Cherli J. Meiners, M.Ed. is a former first grade teacher and mother of six. Cherli Meiners earned a master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. Cherli has written several books in a series called ‘Learning to Get Along’. The book series has won a variety of awards, including The Carol D. Reiser Children’s Book Award, Teacher’s Choice Award Finalist and Top 5 Character Education Series.

About the Illustrator: Meredith Johnson currently lives in California with her husband of 29 years. They have two children that are in college. Meredith decided to pursue her dreams when her children left for college. Shortly after her children left for college Meredith began attending college herself. Meredith has been an advertising art director of 23 years and has illustrated over 100 children’s books.

Meiners, C. J. (2006). Accept and value each person. Free Spirit Publishing.

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

 

The Perfect Pumpkin Pie

Written and Illustrated by: Denys Cazet

Grade: K-2

Theme/Skill: Character and values

Genre: fiction, comedy, humor, horror and supernatural

Summary: Mr. Wilkerson was an old man who loved pumpkin pies. Unfortunately he was not the nicest old man and one day right before eating his favorite pie Mr. Wilkerson died. Mrs. Wilkerson buried her husband in the pumpkin patch outside their home and she moved away. A little boy named Jack and his Grandmother moved into the Wilkerson home. On Halloween night Jack’s Grandmother had just finished baking a pumpkin pie when something started to rise out of the pumpkin patch. It was the ghost of Mr. Wilkerson and he was soon inside Jack and grandma’s home. Mr. Wilkerson demanded some of Grandma’s pumpkin pie. Would the pumpkin pie satisfy Mr. Wilkerson enough to make him go away? Or will Mr. Wilkerson keep returning to Grandma  and Jack’s home?

Pre-reading activity: Ask your students to share what their favorite kinds of pie are; write down all of their responses. Explain to your students that they will be listening to a story about Mr. Wilkerson who loved pumpkin pies. Mr. Wilkerson loved pumpkin pies so much that he came back from the dead in order to have his favorite pie. *Depending on the grade level you read this book to you might need to review with them that ghosts are not real and that this is only a story.*

Post reading activity/assessment: Ask your students to take out their notebooks. Ask your students to predict if they think Mr. Wilkerson will return to visit Grandma and Jack next Halloween. Remind your students to use details form the story to support their response.

Reflection: The Perfect Pumpkin Pie is a “perfect” book to share with students. My students ask me to hear this book at least once a week. My students love the repetitive rhymes that Mr. Wilkerson says every time he returns to Jack and Grandma’s house. My students choral read with me during those parts in the story.

Meet the Author and the Illustrator: Denys Cazet has written and illustrated over forty-six children’s books. Some of Denys Cazet works include, I am not Sleepy, Christmas Moon, and Big Shoe, Little Shoe. Denys has also written a fourteen book series for beginning readers. Denys Cazet currently lives in Pope Valley, California with his wife and sons.

Cazet, D. (2005). The perfect pumpkin pie. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.