Thursday, July 17, 2014

Author Study Fun with Jack Ezra Keats!


I have always loved Ezra Jack Keat's collection of books.  His illustrations are so unique and recognizable that they stand out from any other book.    There are so few children's books that are set in urban environments that they appeal to kids in my classes because they are settings they don't see everyday.  I am so excited that this is the first Author Study of this series!

The illustrations in Keat's first books are a mixture of patterned paper, fabric and oil cloth.  He later added gouache (which produced an oil like glaze), watercolors, marbled papers and photographs to his illustrations as he continued.  Keats was first an illustrator for other authors before setting out to write his own children's books which he would also illustrate.  Keats later said of beginning to write and illustrate his own books "I was like a child playing.  I was in a world with no rules."  


"Hi, Cat!" is the story of Archie as he meets a new neighborhood cat.  The cat throws a wrench in Archie's day as it follows him on the way to meet Peter.  The cat causes all sorts of chaos for Archie and even follows him home at the end of the day.  Despite all the trouble the cat causes Archie, he can't help but realize maybe that cat really likes him... and maybe he likes that cat!


This book is a great to teach cause and effect...usually the cat is causing something terrible to happen to Archie!  

It's also a great book to compare and contrast to "Whistle for Willie" because both have animals interacting with the main character. 

You can also use this book as a great way to talk about short & long vowels.

Here is a little freebie sample that goes along with the book "Hi, Cat!"  Click on the image below to grab your sample!
You can grab the full version to this packet by heading on over to my TpT store.  Just click on the images below!

Head on over to Kay's blog Sommer Pride to check out her post about "Pet Show!"

9 comments:

  1. online assignment help
    is the major key behind the success of many students. They are becoming more affordable as there is competition in the writing industry today.
    java assignment help

    ReplyDelete
  2. If you are in need for online writing assistance for an intricate thesis topic, then avail solutions from prime assignment helper or CDR Report australia and save your time to relax and do your studies properly. Their nursing assignment help online service has earned huge popularity among both domestic and international students. You can contact them now to buy all assignment help online. Leave your tensions and enjoy your free time.

    ReplyDelete
  3. It was a very good post indeed. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it in my lunch-time. I Will surely come and visit this blog more often.
    Att email
    Att mail
    At&t email
    Thanks for sharing your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Setting up canon printer is not an easy task, so you need to take technical expertise. If you want to Canon printer setup, you should take the help from certified printer technicians. Setting up canon printer needs technical skills, if you don’t have expertise for canon printer setup, you can call at our helpline number desk. You can make a single call to us to get complete technical guidance. Our technical experts have the best technical proficiency and extensive experience for setting up Canon printer in the simple ways. If you’re facing any technical issues, you can call our techies available round the clock.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Ohhh! Wow, post. I like it. You choose exactly what I wanted to read. Kindle post some more topics like traveling. I am eager to read your next post. If you are using Outlook and need and help and information then visit on my Outlook customer service web page. You may also dial our Outlook support phone number for quick assistance.
    Here are some frequently asked questions of Outlook:
    Is there a phone number for Outlook support?
    How do I contact outlook by phone?
    Thanks

    ReplyDelete