Author: Lois Grambling
Description: A little boy fantasizes about bringing a Woolly Mammoth named “Woolly” to the library. He provides many reasons why Wooly should be allowed, and predicts what would and could happen.
- “Why” questions
- Curriculum connections: extinct animals
- Reading Body Language
Why I like this book: The illustrations are wonderful for kids and grownups alike. An entertaining story that can address many higher level language goals.
Ideas for this book:
- The boy provides many predictions as to what might happen if Wooly comes to the library. Have students generate their own ideas. What could happen if a big animal comes to the library? How could he help? What problems might there be?
- Lots of opportunity for both implicit and explicit “why” questions. For example, Why does Woolly need slippers? (because he would make too much noise walking around the library; Why would Wooly be helpful at putting books away? (because he can reach the tall shelves), etc.
- A great story to connect with expository text/media around extinct animals. Here is a great example from Brainpop Jr
- The illustrations are vivid and clear. Great examples of body language for children to interpret. How are characters feeling? Why? How can you tell? To assist with understanding pair with thinking and speaking bubbles
- The story ends with the boy realizing that Wooly may be homesick if he came to live with the boy. Have students discuss/write about a time when they were homesick? How did they feel and why?
- At the very end the boy suggests bringing another extinct animal (Saber Tooth Tiger) to the library. Have students create their own version of this story. Use a story generation app/software like the Story Patch App. Have then predict what could happen if that animal were to come to the library? Or to School?
Submitted by; Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP
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