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Stick Man

Last updated Thursday, November 30, 2017

Author: Julia Donaldson
Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
Date of Publication: 2016
ISBN: 0545947898
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Dec. 2017

Stick Man lives in the family tree
With his Stick Lady Love and their stick children three.

But one day, Stick Man is carried off by a mischievous dog who wants to play fetch! Things go from bad to worse as Stick Man is carried farther and farther away from home. Lonely and lost, Stick Man wants nothing more than to be home with his family for Christmas. And when he helps Santa Claus out of a bind, he finds the perfect ticket home!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  This story is about someone who gets lost; have any of you ever gotten lost before?


•  Frolicking: when someone or something is playing and moveing about cheerfully, excitedly, or energetically.
•  Mast: a tall upright post, spar, or other structure on a ship or boat, in sailing vessels generally carrying a sail or sails.
•  Boomerang: a curved flat piece of wood that can be thrown so as to return to the thrower.
•  Weary: a feeling or showing tiredness, especially as a result of excessive exertion or lack of sleep.
•  Flurry: a small swirling mass of something, especially snow or leaves, moved by sudden gusts of wind

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Stick man had lots of interesting adventures, why wasn't he having fun?
•  Explain what a family tree is.

Craft ideas:
•  Make a stick person with a pipe cleaner or craft sticks.

•  Make a holiday ornament or decoration.

•  Make a holiday card for your teacher

•  Draw a picture of your family or make a cutout.

•  Check our craft ideas for on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Sing Christmas carols.

*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!