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I'm a Little Teapot

Last updated Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Author: Iza Trapani
Date of Publication: 1997
ISBN: 1879085992
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2009

Synopsis: Take a ride with a magical and irresistible little teapot as he unfolds the world to the young boy and girl whose home he shares. Children will take delight in the adventure awaiting them, from flying kites in China, to fox hunting in England, to flying with aliens in outer space. Fans of Iza Trapani's The Itsy Bitsy Spider and Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star are sure to enjoy the rhyming text and exquisite illustrations in this new rendition of an old favorite.

Note to readers:
•  The song, "I'm a Little Teapot" is on the last page. Sing the songs to the kids and if you can have the kids sing along with the kids & act out the motions of the teapot. You can also sing as you're reading the book.
•  Vocabulary: Matador, chopsticks, company (guests), aria, orchestra

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know the song, "I'm a Little Teapot"?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What types of animals does the teapot encounter?
•  What adventures does the teapot experience?
•  Where does the teapot go?
•  Who comes to the party at the end?
•  What types of instruments are in the orchestra? What type of music do you think we'll hear today (at the end of R2K)?

Craft ideas:
•  Make “teapot lid.” Cut two strips of construction paper. One to fit around the child’s head, the other to be glued from one side to the other to make the “lid.” The children can decorate as they want (i.e. draw scenes from the book, etc.) Also, they can put a cotton ball on top. The child puts it on their head and they are a teapot.

*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!