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The Story of Diva and Flea

Last updated Monday, February 1, 2016

Author: Mo Willems
Date of Publication: 2015
ISBN: 1484722841
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2016

Synopsis: For as long as she could remember, Diva lived at 11 avenue Le Play in Paris, France. For as long as he could remember, Flea also lived in Paris, France-but at no fixed address. When Flea fl neurs past Diva's courtyard one day, their lives are forever changed. Together, Diva and Flea explore and share their very different worlds, as only true friends can do.

Note to readers:
•  Vocabulary
•  diva--a famous female singer or a female who is tempermental
•  debut--a person's first appearance
•  Gardienne--similar to a landlord, an attendant who watches over something
•  occupation--a job or profession
•  salami--a type of sausage from Italy eaten in slices
•  captivated--attract and hold the attention of
•  ominous--believing that something bad is going to happen

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Looking at the cover, who do you think is "Flea" and who is "Diva"?
•  Do cats and dogs get along?
•  What are your plans for Valentine's Day?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How are Flea and Diva's lifestyle's different?
•  Why does Diva like Flea? Why does Flea like Diva?
•  What does Diva give Flea? (how to trust and a home)
•  What does Flea give Diva? (bravery and a world outside the courtyard)

Craft ideas:
•  Make a heart shaped cat. Example on Pinterest.
•  Make a dog. Templates/examples on Pinterest.
•  Draw Paris scenes-Eiffel Tower (pg. 34), gargoyles (pg. 63).
•  Make a Valentine's Day card for someone.
•  Check out our February craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/february-2016-crafts/

*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!