Thursday, April 28, 2016

Learning from Picture Books – PINK IS FOR BLOBFISH

I don’t often feature non-fiction, but this is such a fun collection of creatures, I couldn’t resist! Who knew there were so many pink animals?


Some people think pink is a pretty color. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y color. But it's so much more.

Sure, pink is the color of princesses and bubblegum, but it's also the color of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish.

Isn't it about time to rethink pink?

Pink is for Blobfish: Discovering the World's Perfectly Pink Animals was written by Jess Keating with illustrations by David DeGrand. It was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2016.

My thoughts as a writer:

I liked the way this book was structured: each page is another unusual pink creature with a descriptive paragraph and a fun fact bubble and illustration. I love how, on the right side of the spread, there’s a list of all the key information—size, diet, habitat, predators & threats—it’s so easy to read.

The descriptions highlight interesting details that are likely to draw in a curious reader.

My Thoughts as a Teacher:

If I was a school librarian, this one would definitely be on my to-buy list. It would also be a great addition to a classroom non-fiction book collection. I'd use this one to discuss features of non-fiction texts. I can also imagine kids at reading time, pouring over the pages, intrigued by the idea of so many odd pink creatures! 

Ages: 4 – 8

Grades: K - 3

Themes: unusual animals

Activities:

As a class, vote on another animal color. Research creatures of that color and have each student write their own page for a class book!

Choose one of the creatures in this book and make it the main character in a fictional story. Use its habitat as your setting!

Get out some pink paint and have students draw and paint their favorite creature from the book. Add a bubble with a striking fact about the animal and then create a gallery walk.

Watch some of Jess Keating's Animals for Smart People videos on Youtube. Here's one about the nudibranch, an animal featured in Pink is for Blobfish.



5 comments:

  1. This is certainly a new look on pink. I learnt something new. The cover is certainly eye catching. Excellent choice for kids and teachers. Thanks Andrea.

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  2. This could be the first pink-themed book boys will want to read! What a great find. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. The only reason I was disappointed in this book was that I thought it was going to be all about the blobfish! Ha!

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  4. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for this one!

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  5. Looks like an interesting book. Love your activity ideas.

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