Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wednesday Reads: Bink & Gollie by Katie DiCamillo and Alison McGhee

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Series: Bink and Gollie
  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; Reprint edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780763659547
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763659547

This is about two friends who are a bit quirky and seem to be complete opposites yet they are always the most marvelous of companions. They get into fights, they go on adventures and they test their friendship. It's mixed with plenty of humor and fun to keep students engaged.

The young reader who read this book really enjoyed it. He opened it up just to see what it was about. Soon, he was enthralled in the story and thirty minutes later he was finished. He laughed at himself because he hadn't meant to even read it. He just wanted to flip through the pages. This is a really cute book. 

AR: grade level 2.5
Lexile: AD310L

This would be a great addition to any classroom. It's a fun read and something many of the students would enjoy and laugh about. It teaches important skills of friendship along with improving learning. There are a few words in it that are tricky and would be a wonderful opportunity for students' vocabulary to grow as they learn words like implore, compromise, outrageous, baffle, and several other larger words. The character Gollie likes to use larger words and quite often baffles Bink with her vernacular. A fun little book and great story for a classroom.
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