1. Author/Illustrator – Author and Illustrator: Lorinda Bryan Cauley

2. Title and date of publicationThe Town Mouse and the Country Mouse Published: 1984 General Publishing Company

3. Genre – Traditional Literature

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – Reviewer’s Choice for 1982 and Children’s Choice for 1983

6. Summary of book – This book is about two mice who are cousins. One is from the country and one is from the city. They each visit the other’s home and way of life and decide that they are plenty happy with their own lives.

7. Strategies to use with the book
Once we are settled in circle/story, I will introduce and read our story. Throughout the story, I would stop and ask questions to ensure comprehension. We would then do a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting the City and the Country. Most likely, my para-pro and I would put things up on the diagram for the children to see. I feel as though even though this is a little over their heads, it is important for me to lay the foundation of graphic organizers because when they leave me, they will be using them all the time in kindergarten.

After we finish the Venn Diagram, 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.) 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.

We will then do the mystery box activity where I will have something from the country or something from the city inside the box for the children to guess. Once we are done with the mystery box, we will move to centers where the theme of the activities will be from the book.