Monday, March 6, 2017

Giant Squid

Author: Candace Fleming

Illustrator: Eric Rohman

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Publication Year: 2016

ISBN-13: 978-1596435995

In Giant Squid, Candace Fleming takes readers on a poetic exploration of the little bit we know of giant squids. The illustrations and excellent descriptions reel readers in, causing them to question constantly as they read the book.

This book falls into the category of narrative nonfiction. Instead of the typical nonfiction setup with headings, subheadings, captions, etc., a poetic narrative feeds readers information. The illustrations add to the understanding of the text and help to draw readers in.

American Library Association Notable Book
Cybils Award for Elementary Non-Fiction 2016
Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2016
Horn Book Fanfare 2016
NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books 2016
Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book 2017
Wall Street Journal Best New Children's Books

This book immediately intrigues learners, especially gifted learners. It leads them to ask questions and may even inspire them to explore beyond the book. It serves as a great reminder that while we tend to think that we have learned quite a bit about our world over our existence, there is still more to discover.

Teachers can use this book as a mentor text for alternate forms of non-fiction. It would also be great for teachers wanting to inspire and to develop the skill of questioning.

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