by Terry Webb Harshman
Reading Level 2.5
|Characters:||Porcupine, Owl, and Otter|
|Plot:||Porcupine is eating lunch when he realizes he is lonely. He invites his friends to a pajama party, and they all reveal their secret fears.|
|Solution:||After watching a scary movie, Porcupine, Owl and Otter all discover what they think are monsters in the dark. When they team up and discover that their imaginations are creating the monsters, they relax and have a restful night.|
|Summary:||In the first chapter, [The Invitations,] Porcupine decides to invite his friends, Owl and Otter, over for a pajama party. He writes out the invitations and delivers them, but neither friend is home. He waits and waits and becomes worried. Then finally, the phone rings. Owl wants to come, but he also wants to watch Monster Bat on television. Porcupine tells him to come watch it at his house. Otter wants to bake cookies so he takes the recipe to Porcupine's house. They make the cookies but eat too much dough. After watching the movie, they try to go to sleep, but they are all afraid of their own monsters. Eventually, they help each other discover what the real [monsters] are.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Animal unit, friendship unit, being brave theme|
Ask students what they know about real porcupines, owls, and otters. How many have ever had a pajama party or sleepover? Ask: What do you do? Do you tell scary stories or watch scary movies? What has happened?
Ask students to talk about the following: What might happen at a pajama party with an owl, a porcupine, and an otter? Look at the picture on the cover of the book. Why do you think owl is covering his eyes? What do the looks on the faces of the three friends tell you about the story?
As students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself in different house after you have watched a scary movie. How do you think you might feel?
Show the students pictures of real owls, otters, and porcupines and the fictional characters in the book. Have them explain why the picture could be either fiction or nonfiction. Ask them to list other ways one can tell whether a book is fiction or nonfiction.