They All Saw a Cat

This month we are learning about the different children’s book awards  This past week we talked about the Caldecott Award (award given to the illustrator of the best picture book) and read one of this year’s honor award winners They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel. After reading the book, we talked about how the cat looked different from each animals point of view .  We used prior knowledge about the animals to explain why they perceived the cat as shown by the illustrator.

Extension Activities

Featured Books – Caldecott Award

Printable – Draw a cat /Color a Cat

Computer – They All Saw a Cat Song – Emily Arrow

Additional Resources – They All Saw a Cat


Memoirs of a Goldfish – Point of View


This week we read Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers. We talked about Point of View.  Prior to reading the book, we talked about  what a memoir  is  and that the pronoun, I,  referred to the character  telling the story and not the reader.


I displayed Really Good Stuff’s Point of View Poster and pointed to it as I talked about how many books are written from the point of view of a narrator, someone looking at what was happening and telling us, the audience, what is going on.  Some books are told from the point of view of a particular character.  An example of a story told from two different points of view is The Three Pigs.  We talked about the traditional story versus the True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, which is told from the wolf’s point of view.

We discussed how this story is similar to Diary of a Worm, which has daily entries and is told from the point of a view of a character who is an  animal.

Additional Activities: 

Featured Books – Point of View

Coloring Page – Goldfish in a Bowl  and My Fishbowl

Video – Diary of a Worm (INFOhio – K-5 – BookFlix – Animals – Pair #16)

Mo Williems


This week I read two of Mo Williems books ” That is Not a Good Idea” and “A Big Guy Took My Ball”.  I just attended Dr. Peggy Sharp’s “What’s New in Children’s Literature” where she featured the first book.  She recommended using a document camera when reading this story, since it looks like a silent movie and showing it one page at a time helps focus on the pictures and the text separately.  For a change of pace,  I decided to try it.  It really did work out great and the students seemed to enjoy it!


I read “A Big Guy Took My Ball” as a regular read aloud. I got so into the book that  afterwards one of the students said that he thought you weren’t suppose to yell in the library. ..  but the words were LARGE,  in bold and with an exclamation point!  What was I suppose to do?  So of course, I told them, if it was part of the story, it was okay.   After the story, I talked briefly about point of view.  This book is great for the concepts of size as well.

As an extension activity (after they check out their library books), I had them go to the author’s website.  I put it on the school’s  library website under their grade.  That way they can access the library website at home as well as school.  There is a video trailer for his book “That is Not a Good Idea”  under Visit GoMO.