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Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster
by Mike Wohnoutka
Mike Wohnoutka, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 8 1/2 x 10 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823430642 | 07-01-2014

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: KINDERGARTEN | Age: 3 to 6

Themes: Animals/Fiction, Friendship, Humor
Recommendations: K, SLJ

CCSS Codes:
RF. 1.1, 1a, 2-4, 4a-c
L. 1.1, 1f, 2, 2a-b, 2d-e
SL. 1.1, 1a-c, 2, 4-6
W. 1.3,8
RL. 1.1-4, 7, 9

About the Book

With spare text and irresistible illustrations, Mike Wohnoutka tells the high-spirited story of an unlikely friendship that new readers, and their pals of all sizes, will love.

"Who wants to play?" wonders Little Puppy. Everyone is either too busy, too lazy, too mean, or too boring. Then Little Puppy spies Big Green Monster reading on a bench. "I will play with him!" he declares. Big Green Monster has no interest in playing games or being friends with Little Puppy. He escapes to the peace and quiet of his bathtub. But when Little Puppy follows him home and takes a scary tumble, Big Green Monster immediately comes to the rescue—and finds that there might just be a place for this tiny dog in his giant heart.


THE REVIEWS ARE IN

"Delightful depictions of a naive puppy and a grumpy monster drive this story that strikes an emotional chord with very few words."—School Library Journal

"This sweet story of new, unusual friendship is sure to elicit plenty of giggles."—Kirkus Reviews

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is telling the story? How do you know? RL.1.1, 6

2. How does the story change from the beginning to the end of the book? Explain. RL.K-1.1, 2, 3

3. What is the problem in the story? How is the problem resolved? RL.K-1.1, 3

4. What adjectives are used in the beginning of the story (busy, lazy, mean, boring, good)? Create a list of adjectives to describe the Monster at different points in the story. RL.K-1.1, 3, 4 / L.K-1.1

Educators' Guide
LITTLE PUPPY AND THE BIG GREEN MONSTER
Educator's Guide featuring questions for classroom discussion and suggestions for further exploration. Includes connections to the Common Core State Standards.