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Are You Ready to Play Outside?



Last updated Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Author: Mo Willems
Date of Publication: 2008
ISBN: 1423113470
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2009

Synopsis: In a refreshing reversal of their usual roles, the often-despondent Gerald proves to be a valuable friend to exuberant Piggie when her own naturally sunny disposition fails her. Fretful about the sudden rain that threatens to ruin an afternoon of running, skipping, and jumping, Piggie declares emphatically that she is "not a happy pig." Poor Gerald patiently weathers the rain and her brief tantrum and, as readers might expect, the pair soon make the most of the situation. Alive with movement and feeling, the illustrations tell the story, setting the tone and adding depth to the simple text. The words themselves are manageable for young readers, and these endearing and distinctly developed characters have great child appeal. From School Library Journal.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you like to play outside? What kind of activities & games? Which animals are on the cover? What are you favorite animals? If you were an animal, what would you be?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Are you allowed to play outside when it rains? Do you like rain, or when it rains outside? What is Gerald doing with his ear? (Umbrella) Which animals like to play in the rain? (Worms) Who’s your best friend? What do you like to do with your friend outside?

Craft ideas:
•  Take paper plate. Create pig face using paper plate or circular paper, & cut out triangular pieces to glue to the face Cut out a strip of paper to make a headband around head. Cut & glue large elephant ears to headband

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!