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My New Friend Is So Fun! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)



Last updated Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Author: Mo Willems
Date of Publication:
ISBN: 1423179587
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Feb. 2019

Synopsis: Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In My New Friend Is So Fun!, Piggie has found a new friend! But is Gerald ready to share?

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Looking at the front, who do you think are the best friends?
•  Who is your best friend?
•  What do you like to do with your best friend?

Vocabulary

•  super-duper: the most extreme; very good
•  together: not alone; with someone else
•  fear: to be scared about something or someone
•  doomed: to be sure that something bad will happen
•  cover: to put something over; to hide

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  How do you think these animals became friends?
•  If you were an animal, what would you be?
•  If your best friend was an animal, what would they be?
•  Do you guys ever have too much fun with your best friends? What does that look like?

Craft ideas:
•  Using construction paper, cut out the children's favorite animals and glue them on Popsicle sticks for pretend play.
•  Have the children draw themselves with their best friend (possibly as other animals).
•  Check our February craft ideas on Pinterest!
https://www.pinterest.com/readingtokids/february-2019-good-friends/

Special activities:
•  Make animal noises corresponding to the characters in the book.

*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!