Friday, April 14, 2017

Spotlight Friday - Moo Moo in a Tutu 4.14.17

Time to get ready for the weekend!
Kick up your feet and find a good place to read.
Sharing #booklove for your classroom or library.
Spotlighting a book or two because these books deserve the spotlight!

When I was young, one of my earliest memories is my dad reading to me.  I remember him adding intonation, expression and even different voices that made reading come alive.  It's something I worked on when I babysat, then student taught, and finally with my own students.  It makes me very happy to find a book that encourages readers to use multiple voices and lots and lots of expression.

Moo Moo in a Tutu
Moo Moo in a Tutu
by Tim Miller
published by Balzer + Bray
April 25th

Time to meet Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers!  In my head, Moo Moo has a high pitched voice that sounds like she is up for new adventures.  Mr. Quackers has a dry, monotone voice.  In my mind, he's the kind of character that sees things as they are, no more, no less.  

And that's the magic that happens when you start hearing the characters.  You start thinking about who they are, their likes/dislikes, their traits.  Understanding them, describing them, figuring out their motivations start to come easier.

Give it a try with students.  A book like Moo Moo in a Tutu is perfect.  Show it on a doc cam. Let the kids hear the voices in their head.  Let them compare with each other.  Discuss with each other, how would they describe the character.  Did they come up with similar character traits?

This is a book I'll be adding to my collection.  I think it's a great character mentor text, but also just a really fun read.  I'm looking forward to more Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers adventures!

Goodreads Summary
In the classic tradition of George and Martha, Elephant and Piggie, and Frog and Toad comes Moo Moo and Mr. Quackers in their debut, Moo Moo in a Tutu.

A cow who wants to be a ballerina? Are you for real? This is a hilarious, one-of-a-kind friendship story between an adventurous cow and a very loyal duck that will have you quacking up all the way through and applauding for more.

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