by Syd Hoff
Reading Level 1.9
|Setting:||Prehistoric times in the land of the cavemen|
|Characters:||Stanley the caveman, other cavemen, dinosaurs|
|Plot:||Stanley is uncomfortable in his cave. He wants to find a more comfortable place to live. The other cavemen do not understand why he can't live like the rest of them do, but Stanley proves that being different has its advantages.|
|Solution:||Stanley sets out to find a better place to live.|
|Summary:||Stanley is a caveman who enjoys painting and planting seeds. He is uncomfortable sleeping on rocks, being cold, and fighting off bats. The other cavemen do not understand why he is unhappy with his living conditions, so they chase him away. Stanley tries to find the kind of place that's just right for him. Because he is kind and polite to the animals, they become his friends. He loves sleeping in the grass, but it is windy and sometimes it rains. Finally, he discovers how to stay out of the wind and rain: he builds a house! When he saves his old friends from the dinosaurs, they want him to come back to the cave. After Stanley shows them his house, they all build their own. Stanley shows them how to paint and plant and how to be nice to each other.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Prehistoric times, character education—being different makes us unique|
Ask the children what they know about dinosaurs. Were there people on Earth during the time of the dinosaurs? How do they think cavemen slept? How do they think cavemen treated each other?
Show the students the cover of the book. Ask if they think this is a true story. Point out the three cavemen up on the cliff. Have students discuss what they think is going on in this scene.
Ask students to do the following exercise: Picture yourself sleeping in a cave. What would it feel like?
Discuss the difference between a fiction and a nonfiction book. Display some dinosaur books. They are always a big hit.