By Janet B. Pascal

Illustrated by: Nancy Harrison

Copyright Date: 2011

Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Lexile Reading Level: 560

Grade Level Recommendation: 4th- 5th Grade

Common Core State Standard:CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.5
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Suggested Delivery: Independent

Key Vocabulary:

  • solemn: grave, sober, or mirthless, as a person, the face, speech, tone or mood.
  • brewery: a building or establishment for brewing beer or other malt liquors, especially the building where the brewing is done.
  • exaggerate: to magnify beyond the limits of truth; overstate; represent disproportionately
  • typewriter: a machine for writing mechanically in letters and characters like those produced by printers’ types
  • lecture: a speech read or delivered before an audience or class, especially for instruction or to set forth some subject
  • parlor: a room for the reception and entertainment of visitors to one’s home: living room
  • sequel: a literary work, movie, etc., that is complete in itself but continues the narrative of a preceding work
  • publisher: a person or company whose business is the publishing of books, periodicals, engravings, computer software
  • promoted: to help or encourage to exist or flourish; further
  • generation: the entire body of individuals born and living at about the same time
  • quarreled: an angry or altercation; a disagreement marked by a tempory or permanent break in friendly relations
  • tyrant: a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly

Reading Strategies:

  • Before: Talk to students about how informational books are set-up differently than fiction.  In this book there are words that at italicized, maps, timeline, and other key features.
  • During: Give the students a list of book features (table of contents, bolded words, italicized words, captions, etc.)  Tell them to identify the book features that this specific books has.  Ask them to tell you about the importance of each book feature.
  • After: Tell the students to “list 10 facts about Dr. Seuss and indicate how it either effected his writing or it effected his life.”

Writing Suggestion:  Some of Dr. Seuss’s most popular stories have several rhymes in them.  Instruct the students to write their own wacky story with made up characters and rhymes.




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