Agate: What Good is a Moose?
by Joy Morgan Dey
Published 2007 by Lake Superior Post Cities Inc.
Obtained from public library
Summary from Goodreads
Agate is a moose with low self-esteem. He feels inadequate and plain, like an ugly brown rock, especially when he compares himself to his beautiful friends who are named after birthstones. These friend help Agate to see that just like his namesake, true beauty lies within. Stunning original watercolors, a witty, positive message about self image plus bonus pages with birthstone and agate facts. Perfect for reading aloud.
Although this book is categorized as fiction, I am sharing it here on Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday because it is filled with facts about the animals.
I like how each animal is named after a birthstone and beautifully painted using the respective watercolors. The message is not new, but one that bears repeating with children: everyone is unique and should be valued for their own talents and gifts. The author weaves in facts that work very naturally with the story. She does not shy away from using more complicated vocabulary, within the rhyming, poetic text, such as disjointed, scarcely, malcontented and self-conscious making this book a perfect read aloud for ages 5-10. Along with enjoying the story, there are many curricular connections that can be made.
Use this book...
*as part of a poetry unit.
*as a read aloud during a unit about animals.
*early in the year to build community-everyone is unique.
*as a mentor text for context clues.
*as a mentor text for facts vs. opinions.
*as a mentor text for summarizing-somebody, wanted, but, so, then.