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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis




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Page Count: 48 Pages

The Caldecott's and other awards were announced at the end of January, and this year on the Honor list was this little gem, Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis. Following a little colony of insects, the reader is taken on a whimsical journey over the course of several changing seasons, watching our little bug friends explore, build, have set backs, and then start over again.

The element of this book that makes it charming, also makes it a bit difficult. All of the text in this book is written in a non-sense bug language. It is cute, and attentive children and adults can definitely figure it out, but it does make the read aloud challenging, and I would imagine young readers might get frustrated because these are not words they know.

When planning a read aloud for this book, read it twice first. Your ability to inflect your voice appropriately once you've figured out what certain words mean, will help the students/ children comprehend what is happening better. In a way, this book provides for a us a good reminder of what it is like to look at a page full of words you do not understand. This book might contribute well to a lesson about using context clues.

If you recall, the Caldecott Awards are given out to books with outstanding illustrations, and in that way Du Iz Tak? does not disappoint. Something about it makes me want to see it animated, so let's get on that, Youtubers!

For more information on Du Iz Tak? you can visit Carson Ellis' website at http://www.carsonellis.com 
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