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Kite Day
A Bear and Mole Story
by Will Hillenbrand
Will Hillenbrand, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 7/8 x 9 1/2 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823416035 | 02-00-2012

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Adventure, Friendship, Preschool, Animals/Fiction
Recommendations: C, K, PW, SLJ*

CCSS Codes:
RL.1.1-7, 9
L.1.1, 1b, 1c, 1e, 2, 2a, 2b, 4, 4a, 4c, 5, 5b, 5c, 5d, 6
RF.1.1, 3, 3a, 3f, 3g, 4, 4a, 4b
SL.1.1, 1a, 1b, 1c, 2-6
W.1.2, 3, 5-8

About the Book
On a windy spring day, what do Bear and Mole decide to do? Why, fly a kite, of course! But first they have to build one. They design, measure, and finally construct their kite. With a zoom, zoom, zoom the kite soars up, up, up in the air. But when a storm rumbles in—SNAP!—the kite string breaks! The chase is on as the two friends tear after their kite and find it in a tree, protecting a nest of baby birds from the rain.

This sweet story makes a perfect read-aloud for young readers, and all will enjoy celebrating National Kite Month this spring!

To extend the book experience, join Will Hillenbrand as he invites readers to read along and make their own kite in preparation for their springtime adventures! Check out the reproducible here.


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Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. How does KITE DAY change from the beginning to the end of the story? RL.1-2.1, 3

2. How do the characters respond to major events and challenges? RL.1-2.3

3. Describe how words and phrases supply rhythm and meaning in KITE DAY. (onomatopoeia, repeated lines) RL.1-2.4

4. Find all of the action words (verbs) from the story. Work in small groups and go on a verb hunt. (looked, wondered, tilted, smiled, shouted, rushed, waved, collected, studied, measured, drew, constructed, raced, flew, soared, rolled, grew, broke, spun, screamed, plunged, urged, stopped, pelted, cried, sighed, squeaked, sang) Choose ten of the words and write sentences conveying past, present and future tenses. L.1-2.1

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Build a kite with Will Hillenbrand!