Monday, December 3, 2012

Book of the Month: Imogene's Antlers by David Small

"On Thursday, when Imogene woke up, she found she had grown antlers..." And this is how Imogene's story begins. It's as simple as that! So you can imagine all of the fun that comes next.  Imogene adapts very well to her antlers...she hangs donuts on them for breakfast, she uses them to hang towels that need drying, and she has lots of places for birds to land.

Related Activities:
  • List other animals that have antlers like caribou
  • This month, there is another friendly little fictional animal with antlers who, along with his friends, helps Santa deliver toys across the world. So, Imogene's Antlers is a timely story. Learn about real reindeer - where they live, what they eat, etc..
  • Sort pictures of animals that have antlers and animals that have horns (see the link below to the Reading Rainbow video). Or, you can use plastic animals that you may have in your classroom.
  • Have children make up a story about what they would do if they woke up with antlers (or some other animal features like - feathers, scales, wings, etc).
  • Ask children why they think Imogene woke up with antlers. Speculate and imagine!

Related Links:
  • The Reading Rainbow on Vimeo episode featuring Imogene's Antlers takes the viewer on a visit to the Philadelphia Zoo (America's First Zoo - who knew?). The children learn about "appendages" and the difference between horns and antlers.
  • Visit the author's website: DavidSmallBooks.
  • Scholastic Books has a great math/snack activity using pipe cleaners and O shaped cereal. 
  • National Geographic Kids has beautiful pictures of caribou along with other information.
  • There's an awesome book called Story Stretchers and it's now available on Google Books. Here you will find several other extension activities such as making donuts (yum!)


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