Friday, July 23, 2010

Agatha's Feather Bed: Not Just Another Goose Story by Carmen Agra Deedy

Title: Agatha's Feather Bed: Not Just Another Goose Story
Author: Carmen Agra Deedy
Illustrator: Laura L. Steeley
Publisher / Date: Peachtree Publishers Ltd / 1994
Genre: Fiction Picture Book
Themes: animals, where things come from, humor
Summary: Agatha encourages curiosity and asking questions. Eventually she takes her own advice when she orders a feather bed from a catalog called B.B. Lean. When the feather bed arrives, she snuggles up in her new comfy bed only to find 6 naked geese who come looking for their feathers. This witty story is full of humor and play on words. 
Curriculum Connections: Science Grades 2+: natural resources, raw materials and final products, animals; Language Arts: Idioms, puns; Information Skills: Inquiry
Notes: Beautiful illustrations paired with Deedy's subtle humor makes for a great read aloud. This would be a great story to introduce inquiry and the importance of posing questions. Don't overlook the author's note at the end, which emphasizes the importance of asking questions. 
Click the link below for a  sample lesson plan and activities using this book:

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