Friday, February 6, 2009

Crayons, Crayons, Crayons...

DeRolf, Shane.
The Crayon Box that Talked.
Random House: New York.

Ages: 4-8
Genre: Fiction, Character Education (Tolerance and Prejudice)
Guided Reading Level: N/A


A little girl enters a toy store one day to find a crayon box that talks. However, what she hears the crayons saying upsets the little girl enough to make her want to teach them a lesson. She does just that, buying and taking home the box of crayons. By the time she's done drawing her picture, the crayons have most definitely learned their lesson and really and truly finally appreciate each other and all they have to offer!

This story teaches a powerful lesson in a very simple manner - accept and appreciate the differences and uniqueness of everyone! This would make for a wonderful character eduction lesson plan about diversity, prejudice and tolerance.

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Charles, Oz.
How is a Crayon Made?
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers: New York, NY

Ages: 4-9
Genre: Non-Fiction
Guided Reading Level: N


This book details, step-by-step the process of making crayola crayons. The text itself is pretty simple and would likely capture the attention of children.

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Ryan, Pam Munoz.
The Crayon Counting Board Book.
Charlesbridge: Watertown, MA.

Ages: Infant - 3
Genre: Non-fiction, Board Book
Guided Reading Level: N/A


This is a wonderful book to use to introduce the concept of numbers and one-to-one correspondence to young children. For each number give, a certain colored crayon is used to draw a series of pictures that match the number shown, for example, a blue crayon is used to draw two blue fish for the number 2.

Another edition of this book is available for older readers, providing rhyming text and introducing the concept of counting by 2's.

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