So Few of Me

Last updated Friday, July 13, 2012

Author: Peter Reynolds
Illustrator: Peter Reynolds
Date of Publication: 2006
ISBN: 0763626236
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2012

Synopsis: From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 3–Leo is a busy lad–so busy, in fact, that he wishes for a second Leo to share his chores. Just like that, another Leo appears…and another…and another. But instead of reducing his workload, all the extra Leos only seem to increase it. With so much personnel to manage, things eventually become complicated enough to justify a sixth Leo, who enters the picture as a kind of consultant–and who advises the others to bring in a seventh. The situation deteriorates from there, until–with 10 Leos running themselves ragged–the original lad ultimately concludes that efficiency and productivity are sometimes overrated. Reynolds's ink, watercolor, and tea illustrations begin spare and simple and get progressively more frantic as the book's population explodes. The story ends with a much more serene Leo, alone again, savoring his peace, quiet, and refreshingly uncluttered schedule. Consider this a solid supplemental purchase for collections with the space–and, of course, the time!–to spare

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you ever feel like you have too much to do?
•  Do you wish sometimes that there was more than one of you? What kinds of things would you make your 'other you' do?

•  Fantastic: incredibly great
•  Furiously: extremely angry
•  Exhausted: tired
•  Demanded: required
•  Savoring: enjoying

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you ever make lists of the things you need to do for the day?
•  Do your parents give you to-do/chore lists of things you need to do after school or on the weekend?
•  Why was there more work the more Leos that showed up?
•  Did Leo seems happy being so busy? How did he decide to fix the problem?

Craft ideas:
•  How to Make Paper Chain Leo
•  1. Fold the paper lengthwise and cut it.
•  2. Using tape, attach the two pieces of paper together, making a long 4 ¼ by 22 inch paper.
•  3. Fold the paper in half (width-wise) four times, making sure to crease the folds well.
•  4. Unfold the paper, and start folding the paper again, but this time, in an accordion style. (See template)
•  5. Then, draw half a person with the ends of the arm and leg touching the unfolded side of the paper. (See template)
•  6. After cutting out the chain, have the kids cut small pieces of yarn to act as Leo's hair and place the yarn on a plate.
•  7. Take the glue stick and glue the part of the head where Leo's hair would be. Then place it on the plate of yarn, so that the hair sticks! Lastly, have them decorate the paper Leo's!

*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!