My Thoughts: Princess Puffybottom . . . and Darryl is a nice addition to the PK-1st classroom. The story is about the cat, Princess Puffybottom (every bit as stuffy as her name sounds) gaining a new member of the family, a pup named Darryl. At first glance this picture book seems a simple dog/cat tale, but the illustrations tells a different story.
I would use this in either K or 1 for standards:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.7 With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.7 Use illustrations and details in a story to describe its characters, setting, or events.
Here are examples of what else is going on besides a new puppy showing up:
Definitely a chance to make inferences from the illustrations.
Illustration inferences: someone is having a baby, Princess Puffybottom doesn't seem to notice = surprise new baby ending :-)
In the area of word study, there is only a minor opportunity with some alliteration of "perfect," "permitted," "petting" at the very start of the story.
Vocabulary needing explicit instruction includes mostly tier 1 & 2 words: banished, subjects, delicate, faraway kingdom, hypnosis, trickery, sabotage, sophisticated, worshipped, pedestal, tolerated. The word "bright' is used, so there is a chance to mention it as a homophone (first-second grade).
-----------------------------------------------Genre: Animal Tale / Picture Book
Age: 3 - 7 Years
Thank You to LibraryThing & Tundra Books for my Early Reviewers copy
Publication Date: 02/05/2019
Themes: Changes in family structure, New baby arrival, Learning to get along with others
Character: Princess Puffybottom shows some character development, but Darryl is merely her foil
Plot: The 'catch' is knowing what's going on besides Puffybottom stated dislike of her new family member
Originality: Lots of tales on accepting new babies (with animal perspectives too), but this one adds both diversity and some subtlety in the insider inferencing from illustrations
Believability: It's a good thing most kids believe in anthropomorphism :-)
Diversity: Good representation of a mixed-race, same-sex family
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