24 Apr 2014

Perfect Picture Book Friday: Book Review & Freebies



Title: The Shelf Elf
Author: Jackie Mims Hopkins
Illustrator: Rebecca Thornburgh
Publishing: Upstart Books, 2014
Ages: 4 and up
Theme: Library, Fantasy

Opening Lines: By the candlelight, the shoemaker and his wife watched the two little elves dance merrily out of sight. The end.

Brief Summary: This sweet book is all about learning library manners. Skoob, the elf, has finished his work with the shoemaker and his wife and now has a new job in the library.  His dream is to win the Golden Shelf Elf Award.

Why I Like This Book: Mostly I like this book because of the drawings. I think Rebecca is VERY talented. But I also like the way Jackie Mims Hopkins turned a potentially dull subject into a magical adventure. It's the perfect way to remind young kids the importance of treating books with care and respect.


Resources:

1.   Scholastic Lesson Plan and Shelf Elf bookmark HERE.



2.   You can see the whole book in this video!




3.   Want to watch another video? This one is really cute. It's a take-off on the Pigeon books.
You can see it HErE.


4.   Upstart Books has a short lesson plan for teaching excellent library rules. Click on the image below to grab the pdf file.


It takes a moment or two to upload, so be patient:)

5.   I think THIS pdf from Upstart is even better. It has a Shelf Elf Song, a creative writing project, a fun activity where the kids build a house for the elf, and an engaging lesson called "How Would the Shelf Elf Feel" (where the kids discuss different library scenarios).  Click the image below to grab.






Enjoy!




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6 comments:

  1. What an adorable book. I was thinking of forwarding to our librarian then thought again...every classroom has a library nook. We can all use this! Love your new header. It's just beautiful!!! Think I looked at it for a full five minutes before I moved on. There is so much in it and the little panda at the side perfect.
    Happy Friday
    Julie :-)
    Mrs Stowe's Kinder Cottage

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    1. Thanks, Julie:).
      I agree, it's a cute book for both a librarian and teacher!

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  2. This looks like a most excellent book!! I'll be looking for it. Thanks!

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  3. Our previous librarian did a lot with the Shelf Elf. I think the kids responded very well to it!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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  4. Great ideas! This book looks adorable too. Thank you for providing so many activities to use with it!
    Lori
    Conversations in Literacy

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  5. Thank you, Barb, for such a lovely review of The Shelf Elf! I was thrilled to see it, and I do hope your students enjoy the book. (One fun thing to tell them is that a lot of the book titles feature the names of my daughters and their friends -- and of course, there are a LOT of silly little details to look for in the pictures.) And I recommend checking out the companion book "The Shelf Elf Helps Out" -- which describes the Dewey Decimal system and explains how books are shelved together in "neighborhoods." Another fun Skoob book! Thanks again from your friend Rebecca the illustrator!

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