Tuesday, May 22, 2012

TUESDAY: Teaching the Book "Skippyjon Jones" by Judy Schachner

Skippyjon Jones just puts a great big fat smile on my face, he makes me laugh and then laugh some more.  This kitty's desire to be different, unique, BIGGER AND BETTER than the just a little kitty, is the perfect picture of so many of us, aged 2 - 92. When I read these books and use Skippyjon's voice, I love using the "TexMex" accent I picked up while living on the Texas/Mexico border growing up.  It's a must, so start practicing!

"I am not a Siameeeese cat..." say Skippyjon Jones, a rambunctious kitty boy with an overactive imagination.  He would rather be El Skippito, the front cover of the book explains.  "He knows just how to save a roving band of Mexican Chihuahuas."  (The funniest part of the book is when he looks in the mirror and literally sees a chihuahu!)  "His ears are too BEEEEG for his head.  His head is too BEEEEG for his body.  He's a rascal who stops at nothing.  And he is out to steal your heart!"  He's has surely stolen mine!

Sooooo, when I saw this puppet of Skippyjon Jones at the Library Conference last month, I simply could NOT, NOT buy him.  I can't wait to have fun with this little guy come Fall in the library!  Just think of all the teaching themes and opportunities for using these picture books:
Being Unique, Space Travel, Behavior, Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Dinosaurs, El Cinco de Mayo and more.

After reading some of these books, go and visit http://www.skippyjonjones.com/ 
to view the unit study suggestions by author Judy Schachner.  Thanks Judy for giving us this cute little character to love.  Her books are also a great addition to a home or school library.  Although the books are not in Spanish, the author does include some Spanish words within the text of the book. 

Here is another great link I found with a SKIPPYJON JONES UNIT AND LESSON PLANS included.

Other Skippyjon Jones books include:

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