Wednesday, December 9, 2015

December Grades 3-4 Book Club: Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff

For December's Book Club, we read Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk by Liesl Shurtliff. Cadence, Cameron, Claire, Ellie, Maida, Jane and Spencer were present. We based our discussion on some suggestions from Penguin Publishing.

How are the main characters in these stories the same and different from what you remember from other versions? 

-In the beginning, Annabella was all picky but then when Jack climbed up the beanstalk, she decided to be naughty too.
 -Even though all of the Jacks climb up the beanstalk, there are other characters that we haven't seen before like Martha and Tom Thumb.
-The Golden Hen is in a lot of stories.  

Are there any other ways that the author has transformed the fairy tale? 

-The giants are nice.
-The king is not called King Barf (jokingly).

If you do something “evil” to accomplish something “good,” is that okay? Use examples from the text.

-I think that it was good that Jack stole the hen because he was able to save both worlds by stealing.
-It was good that Jack stole the hen because the eggs had seeds inside of them which took energy from the rest of the world. 

Which character would you choose: 

As a friend? 

-Sir Bluberys
-the cappa (calf-papa)
-Jaber as Tom's dad   

To break you out of jail? 
-Sir Bluberys (it would be so embarrassing)
-Jack because he's clever, and Jack, Tom and Annabella because they make a good team      
To pull you out of quicksand? 

-pixies because they can fly
-not the pixies because they don't like mud or dirt
-Jack because he has a rope around his waist
-Annabella because she made a rope out of grass
-giant because it would be so easy for them  
To go skydiving with?

-Sir Bluberys because he has the mule and that would be funny
-Annabella because the pixies can fly with her
-Annabella because she would take the pixies who could protect her
-I would take the pixies because they could help me if there was a problem
-a giant because then you could keep falling, jumping and skydive again
-I would take Annabella because the pixies would fly with her
-I would go with a giant with really long hair and do a swinging black flip onto a trampoline     
To visit you in the hospital? 

-too much cheese with Martha
-Sir Bluberys because he could injure himself and be okay
-Martha because she's the nicest and she would take care of me
-I would not go with pixies  

This week, we did some hands-on activities in which the kids became the creators. 

Fairy Tale Mash-Up: The club readers were challenged to write a fairy tale mash-up! Each child selected three fairy tale characters from a grab bag—characters from “Beauty and the Beast”, “Cinderella”, “Snow White”, “Hansel and Gretel”, “Peter Pan”, etc. Using Liesl Shurtliff’s technique in Rump and Jack as inspiration, the kids created their own stories that they told out loud. Here were the mash-ups with some interesting results!

Jack in the Beanstalk, Cinderella, and Tinkerbell
Pinnochio, Gingerbread Man and Puss in Boots
Little Red Riding Hood, Malificent and a genie
Sneezy, Billy Goat Gruff and Fairy Good Mother  
Dorothy, Wendy, Troll from Billy Goat Gruff
Ariel, Stepsister, Rapunzel
Three Little Pigs, Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty

We then did our own Fairytale Mad Libs story, with Miss Lisa taking suggestions for types of animals, colors, and senses from the kids. This is what we came up with.

Little Blue Riding Hood was walking through Rhode Island on her to way visit her sick mom who was home in bed with Ebola. Little Blue Riding Hood had a basket of cake and pizza and apple juice that she made herself. Her mother told her not to leave the path or talk to a poltergeist. But Little Blue Riding Hood didn't listen to her mother. She met the Big, Bad Rabbit and told him exactly where she was going. The Big, Bad Rabbit raced ahead to mom's house and tossed mom in the closet. Then he got into pants and slipped into bed.

When Little Blue Riding Hood arrived she said "Mom, what big legs you have!" "The better to smell you with my dear." Hood said "Mom, what big ears you have!" "The better to see you with my dear." Hood said, "and what a big face you have!" "The better to taste you with, my dear!" And then the Big, Bad Rabbit jumped out of bed and chased Little Blue Riding Hood all around the cottage until President Obama showed up and said "Hello, people of America." The big, bad Rabbit screamed and ran away and they all lived Happily Ever After.   

For January, we will be reading Savvy by Ingrid Law. This is a modern classic that proved very popular with Jamestown readers 6 years ago. Let's see if it holds up!

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy"--a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day. As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up--and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin. 

 We will be meeting on Wednesday, January 6 at 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to pick up your book at the Circulation Desk and sign up so Miss Lisa knows how many snacks to buy. 

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