Written By Frederic Brremaud
Illustrated by Federico Bertolucci
Published by Lion Forge
Format: Hardcover, Color, 9 x 9 in, 32 pages, $14.99
Ages: 4 and up
Journey with your tour guide Squizzo through the forest. With a wealth of forest knowledge on his mind, Squizzo shares everything he knows about each forest animal they encounter and its environment. From a caterpillar to a boar, Squizzo and his friend Chipper escort readers on an exciting journey to meet with Squizzo’s cousin and her new baby squirrel.
An aesthetically pleasing early reader comic, Little Tails offers educators a solid nonfiction foundation from which to teach students about the forest and its animal inhabitants. So solidly engaging, I would personally recommend that early reader Language Arts and Science teachers adopt this story in both classroom settings, for it easily lends itself to teaching both the elements of story and scientific classification.
Language Arts Elements of Story
Plot: Squizzo and Chipper journey through the forest and meet a host of animals along the way.
Major Characters: Squizzo, Chipper, Squizzo’s cousin and baby
Major Settings: forest, pond, field of flowers
Themes: Friendship, Animals and Nature, Overcoming Fears, Identity, Curiosity, Safety
Lesson Plan Recommendations Using the Common Core Standards for Early Readers
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.7: Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).*
* The number(s) referenced above corresponds to the number used by the Common Core Standards (www.commoncore.org)
Guided Writing Lesson Plan for Early Readers
Dr. Katie Monnin is an Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida. Besides the joy that comes with reading comic books and graphic novels, Dr. Monnin enjoys a Peter Pan-ish life of researching and writing her own books about teaching comics, graphic novels, and cartoons: Teaching Graphic Novels (2010), Teaching Early Reader Comics and Graphic Novels (2011), Using Content-Area Graphic Texts for Learning (2012), Teaching Reading Comprehension with Graphic Texts (2013), and Get Animated! Teaching 21st Century Early Reader and Young Adult Cartoons in Language Arts (2014); Teaching New Literacies in Elementary Language Arts (2015). When she is not writing (or sitting around wondering how she ended up making an awesome career out of studying comics and graphic novels), Dr. Monnin spends her time with her three wiener dogs, Samantha, Max, and Alex Morgan Monnin.