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Glad Monster, Sad Monster

Last updated Thursday, October 4, 2018

Author: Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda
Date of Publication: 1997
ISBN: 0316573957
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Oct. 2018

Synopsis: Glad, sad, silly, mad - monsters have all kinds of different feelings! This book is a fun, interactive way to explore the many different ways we feel! Caldecott Medal-winning author/artist Ed Emberley provides readers with an imaginatively crafted book that helps children identify and understand their emotions.

Note to readers:
•  This book tells you to pull all the masks out. Don't! Trace or make copies of the masks instead. Get lots of colored paper.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  What colors are your favorites?
•  There are many colors in the book - yellow, red, pink, blue, orange, green, purple. Have each kid pick a color or two (they can pick a paper with the color to remember their colors), then they can say "boo" when their color comes up.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  What makes you happy? What makes you sad?
•  Does getting splashed with water make you happy? Or sad? Why?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a mask of Glad Monster on one side of a paper plate and Sad Monster on the other side. Volunteers can help cut holes for eyes, then attach a craft stick to hold the mask.
•  Make a cube of Glad Monster and Sad Monster on different faces of the cube. Kids can draw the expressions they want the monsters to have.
•  Make puffy ghosts with white construction paper and cotton balls.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Act like some of the monsters in the book, i.e., sad like the blue monster.

*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!