by Arnold Lobel
Reading Level 2.2
|Setting:||The home of Owl|
|Plot:||Owl lives happily in his home, but he continually encounters strange situations, partly of his own making. First, it's winter inside his house, then strange bumps appear in his bed, there's a pot full of tears, he has to race against himself up and down his stairs, and then there's a friendly moon.|
|Solution:||Owl learns some lessons the hard way, but sometimes he learns nothing at all.|
|Summary:||Owl has some ideas about how to get along with nature and make his home even more comfortable and perfect. However, he does some silly things to try and make things go his way. The reader will chuckle at his foolishness. First, when he tries to be nice to Old Man Winter, he has a problem. Then when he tries to figure out what the strange bumps in his bed are, he makes himself uncomfortable. When he makes a special tea, he learns about salty tears. When he tries to be in two places at once, he realizes it is impossible. When he tries to say good night to the moon, he finds comfort in the fact that the moon does not go away.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Animal unit, foolishness theme, solar system unit|
Ask students the following questions:
What kind of animal is an owl?
When do they sleep and eat?
Owls can turn their head 360 degrees. How?
Ask students to do the following exercises:
Picture yourself in the coziest place in your home. Tell about your cozy place.
Have you ever wished you could be in two places at the same time—for example, soccer practice
and a birthday party? Is that possible? How have you solved a problem like this in the past?
Read aloud the beginning of Chapter 4, [Upstairs and Downstairs,] up to the sentence, [But he could not be in both places at once.] Model reading of the phrases. Have your voice go up when Owl goes upstairs and down when Owl goes downstairs. Ask volunteers to copy the way you read the phrases, and men have everyone repeat it together as a group.
Ask students: How many chapters are in this book? Where do you look to find out without flipping through the whole book? Where is the table of contents in a book? Arnold Lobel, the author, has written many books for children. Where in the library media center would you find other books by mis author?