Tuesday, November 30, 2010

1st December Jan Brett (1949)

Jan Brett is an American author illustrator with a long list of books to her credit. Her website is a teacher's treasure trove. It has teaching ideas, reader's theatre scripts, worksheets, craft templates, videos and interviews. There is everything you would ever need to do an author study! At this time of year you could just do her Christmas titles! My library has Twelve Days of Christmas, The Night Before Christmas, and Christmas Trolls and there are others. Yesterday a class at school cooked Christmas biscuits. This could have been done using Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby book, the gingerbread recipe and video from her website. My favourite of Jan's many books is Honey...Honey... Lion! because having read about a honey badger in Mwenye Hadithi's Lazy Lion the children wanted to find out more about them and we found this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Jan Brett's animals are always a joy, full of personality, very detailed and in realistic contexts. She does hedgehogs so well, like Jackie French does wombats and I have just read on her website that she has a pet hedgehog, so no wonder. Jan has illustrated a myriad of fairytales, fables and poems.

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