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1. Author/Illustrator – Author and Illustrator: Holly Keller

2. Title and date of publicationGeraldine First Published: 1996

3. Genre – Contemporary Realistic Fiction

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of bookGeraldine First is a book about a little girl whose younger brother copies everything she does. She wants him to stop until he helps clean her room.

7. Strategies to use with the book
We would move to circle while listening to a song on the CD player. I would then read the book. I would ask questions along the way to ensure comprehension. I would ask questions about their siblings to see if they have the same trouble as Geraldine or if they are the younger sibling causing all the frustration. Chances are…they would have no answer, but it is always fun to see what you can pull out of them.

After I read the story, we will match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) For this story, I would use the different words from the book. In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

After the surprise bag, depending on the level of my class, we might try to role play the events of the book. If they are not ready for that, we will just move to centers where the activities are related to the story.