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Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Last updated Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Author: Jan Thomas
Date of Publication: 2009
ISBN: 141697976X
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2016

Synopsis: Three dust bunnies, Ed, Ned, and Ted, rhyme all the time. They say that far, jar, and tar rhyme with car, but a fourth dust bunny, Bob, just does not seem to get it; he says, “Look!” When they try and teach him that rug, hug, and mug rhyme with bug, he says, “Look out!” Of course, the smug majority is wrong. Bob’s warnings come true and when a broom and then a vacuum cleaner prove him right, the rhyming trio ask Bob what rhymes with “How do we get out?” Young children will recognize how it feels to be just a mite in a grown-up world, and they will enjoy the playful rhymes and simple wordplay as much as the bold scenarios of the tiniest creatures in danger from giants, and one hero who sees it coming.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know what rhyming words are?
•  What are dust bunnies?
•  What do you think of the dust bunnies on the cover of the book?


•  Rhyme- one of two or more words or phrases that end in the same sounds.
•  Vacuum Cleaner- a machine that cleans floors and rugs, by sucking up dirt and dust.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you have any dust bunnies in your house (ie: under the bed, table, or dresser)?
•  What words are the dust bunnies rhyming with?
•  Do you help your family with chores around the house?

Craft ideas:
•  On top of a piece of paper write a word, and beneath draw pictures of words that rhyme with it.
•  Cut out a dust bunny from a piece of construction paper. Add a face, arms, and legs. Cut out a word bubble to attach to the dust bunny. Write words that rhyme in the word bubble. See Pinterest for example: https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/july-2016/

Special activities:
•  Write a word on the board. Have the kids come up with words that rhyme with the word on the board. Write the words they come up with on the board. Example words: air, pig, pot, box.
•  Play the "Name Game," the 1964 song. Example: Arnold, Arnold, bo-bar-nold Bo-na-na, fan-na fo-far-nold, Fee fi mo-mar-nold, Arnold!
•  Check out our July craft ideas on Pinterest! https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/july-2016/

*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!