by Tammi Sauer and Goro Fujita
Published August, 2015
Sterling Children's Books
One day, you'll be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way… and you will want to keep him.
When a little boy meets a stranded alien child, the two instantly strike up a fabulous friendship. They go to school, explore the neighborhood, and have lots of fun. But at bedtime, the alien suddenly grows very, very sad. Can the boy figure out what his new buddy needs most of all? This funny, heartwarming story proves that friends and family are the most important things in the universe . . . no matter who or where you are.
Move over ET, there's a new adorable alien in town. He is so cute that anyone would want to try to keep him.
Fans of Laura Numeroff's "If You Give.." series will enjoy this book as it follows a similar, but not identical, pattern. The alien goes to school with the boy where, of course, he is well received by the students and the teacher is left wondering if she is imagining things. Later the alien gets sad as it starts to miss home. I think many children will be able to relate to both the alien and the boy in this book. They would likely want to keep the alien also, but will also be able to imagine what it might be like to miss your family when you are away from home.
The illustrations are wonderful! Each page is filled top to bottom with color and superb pictures and interesting background details. However it is the cuteness of the alien (and the boy) that will grab the reader's attention. The target audience, in my opinion, is ages 3-7.
Use this book as a mentor text...
to discuss cause and effect.
to ponder the questions, "Would you keep the alien?" "Why or why not?" "Where would you take it?" "What might happen there?"
to infer-"How did the boy know why the alien was upset?"
to discuss homesickness.
for writing their own Your (insert creature) story.
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