Monday, October 17, 2011

Two Book Give Away: Animalogy and Hey Diddle Diddle

Early elementary-aged children will enjoy this rhyming and catchy tale about the food chain. A beetle is eaten by a snake. The snake is eaten by a hawk: He snatched that snake right off the ground. Gobbled him up without a sound and sang, "Hey diddle diddle - I don't ask why I've got feathers to help me fly." The book has a "For Creative Minds" section in the back that includes 4 pages of additional activities such as "Herbivore or Carnivore," "Predator or Prey" and many more. Even more related activities and links are found at the Sylvan Dell Publishing Website.
Animalogy is a book of, what else? Animal analogies of course! Beaver is to build as spider is to spin. Reptile is to snake, as insect is to bee.  The detail in the illustrations is captivating. This is a great book to teach analogies as well as animal behavior. The book may also be helpful for young ESL students trying to learn the concept of analogies. The book concludes with a 6 page activity guide that extends the learning presented in the story. Sylvan Dell Publishing also has a free 48 page Teaching Guide available.

Here is how you enter to win these two books:

Go to this blog post, Literacy Challenges of At-Risk Boys, and answer one or both of the following questions by November 5, 2011.
  1. What are your communities doing to address the specific needs of at-risk learners? 
  2. What reading programs or other resources do you know of that cater to the interest of boys?

One winner will be randomly selected to win BOTH books using


  1. My daughter is in Kindergarten right now and they have homework that they need to do at least once a week. They bring home a book that comes with questions and activities for parents to do with them. The parent then signs a slip saying they did it. I have always read to my kids, but I like that the school is doing this to help promote reading to families that may not have the resources to get children's books for their kids.

    khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  2. they have title 1 for grades kindergarten and up here in is amazing!

  3. I know that Dolly Parton's Imagination Library provides books monthly, free of charge, to any child from birth to age five. This program is not in every community but where it is it ensures that even children from low-incomce families, or other at-risk children, have access to a collection of their own books. This is a powerful and wonderful program and I encourage everyone to look into it.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  4. We participate in Read for the Record and have books drives to donate books.

    I commented on the Literacy Challenges of At-Risk Boys.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    smccar1 at hotmail dot com



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