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Julia's House for Lost Creatures

Last updated Thursday, October 1, 2015

Author: Ben Hatke
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 1596438665
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Oct. 2015

Synopsis: When Julia and her walking house come to town, she likes everything about her new neighborhood except how quiet it is! So Julia puts a sign up: "Julia's House for Lost Creatures." Soon she's hosting goblins, mermaids, fairies, and even a dragon. Quiet isn't a problem anymore for Julia...but getting her housemates to behave themselves is! (Amazon)

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What kind of "lost creatures" do you think live in Julia's house?


•  Bellow: yell; loud crying.
•  Folletti: Halian farm sprite; similar to the Swedish tomte and the English Brownies.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How does Julia's house get to the town by the sea?
•  What chores is each creature responsible for?
•  What chores would you assign to each creature?
•  Who answered the help wanted ad?
•  Do you think a robot would be able to make repairs and fix plumbing, etc.?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a house with cut-out windows and doors. Draw the creatures inside.
•  Make a sign with pictures of chores for each of the creatures.
•  Check out our Pinterest for October craft examples!
•  www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/october-2015-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!