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Astrid the Fly
by Maria Jönsson
Maria Jönsson, Illustrator

Reinforced | 32 pages | 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 | US$ 16.95
ISBN: 9780823432004 | 01-15-2015

Also available as an ebook.

Grade: PRESCHOOL | Age: 3 to 6

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

CCSS Codes:
RF.2.3, 3f, 4, 4a, 4c
L.2.3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 5b, 6
RL.2.1-7, 10
W.2.3, 5, 8
SL.2.1, 1a, 1b, 2-4, 6

About the Book

Astrid the fly loves exploring. With her big eyes, two wings, and four legs, she can fly super-fast. She likes to zoom around looking for sweet treats and her favorite Danish salami. But Astrid's family isn't keen on her risky behavior. They try to scare her with stories of flyswatters and vacuums, and warnings of an uncle who went missing. Astrid doesn't listen, until one day she encounters real danger: the refrigerator.

Astrid's irresistible thirst for adventure will have readers rooting for her from start to finish.


"This slice of (fly) life is beguilingly, infectiously whimsical."—Kirkus Reviews

"Those who happen upon this unexpected tell-all will vote Astrid their favorite representative of the genus drosophila.—Publishers Weekly

Classroom Discussion Questions with CCSS:

1. Who is the main character? Create a character web about Astrid the fly. RL.2-3.1

2. What did the author mean by the "big bang" and the "horrible inhaling machine"? Explain how you were able to figure out the meaning of the phrases. How did words and phrases from the story enhance the meaning and tone? RL.2-3.4 / L.2-3.5

3. Explain how Astrid's love of Danish salami almost ended her life. How did Astrid change as a result of her experience? RL.2-3.1, 3

4. Discuss the differences in point of view between Astrid and her family. Draw a picture and write a thought bubble for Astrid and Aunt Ally. RL.2-3.6 / W.2-3.8