by Alyssa S. Capucilli
Reading Level 1.0
|Setting:||Biscuit's home and school|
|Characters:||Biscuit the puppy and his master|
|Plot:||Biscuit the puppy wants to go to school with his master, a little girl.|
|Solution:||Biscuit finds his way to school, and everyone really likes him.|
|Summary:||Biscuit's little master leaves for school on the school bus, and she insists that Biscuit cannot go to school with her. Biscuit goes to the pond, the park, the gym, and the library to find her. Finally, he finds her in the school cafeteria. She tries to hide Biscuit, but the teacher and the kids see him and fall in love with him. Even the teacher wants him to stay at school for the day.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Pet Day—Many schools have a pet day either in kindergarten or first grade. This would be a great book to read before that special day.|
Ask the students: How many of you have a dog or puppy? Has that pet ever followed you when you didn't want him or her to? What did you do? The girl in this story has the same problem.
Show the students the picture on the cover of the book. Ask the following questions: Why do you think the puppy is pulling on the strap of the backpack? What do you think is the puppy's name?
Ask students to do the following exercise: Close your eyes and picture a puppy in the classroom. Do you think it would be easy to do your work if there were a puppy here? Which would you rather do, play with the puppy or do your schoolwork?
Discuss the following with students: If I go to the computer catalog and type the keyword [dog,] I will get hundreds of returns—that is, titles that have something to do with dogs. How would you organize the titles to choose ones in which you are interested? (Discuss fiction and nonfiction titles and how the student can tell the difference by looking at the computer screen.)