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Little Brown
Little Brown | Marla Frazee
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"An open-ended story that creates a great starting point for meaningful discussion with young children about bullying and inclusion." --School Library Journal (starred review) A grumpy and lonely little dog at the animal shelter decides to take matters into his own paws in this though-provoking and sublime picture book from the award-winning author and illustrator of The Boss Baby! Little Brown is one cranky canine because no one ever plays with him at the animal shelter. Or maybe no one ever plays with him because he is cranky. Either way, Little Brown decides today is the day to take action, so he takes all of the toys and sticks and blankets from all of the dogs at the shelter and won't give them back. But what will happen now?
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Kcallihan
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#LAE3414sp19 “Little Brown” by Marla Frazee is a fiction, open-ended story about a grumpy little dog that no one will play with. This book also won the Charoletee Zolotow award. “Little Brown” is an interesting book because although it tells the story of a grumpy dog stealing other dogs toys because no one will play with him, the book comes to a halt with no clear ending. This book would be very good to use in the classroom when the

Kcallihan teacher wants the students to learn how to make predictions and back up their opinions with reasoning. This website provides a predictions chart where it has the students‘ predictions on one side and the “why I think this” on the other: https://thisreadingmama.com/activities-for-making-predictions/. 7mo
Kcallihan The UDL strategy I would use for this would be 7.1 “optimize individual choice” because this book truly allows for the reader to come up with their own ending all by themselves. The ESOL strategy I would use would be #22, “Give enough wait time for second language learners to respond to questions.” I would use this one because although some students might make predictions quickly, it will take ESOL students longer to catch up with this process. 7mo
Kcallihan For this book I think that independent reading (IR) would be beneficial and then each student can come up with their own prediction about what they think will happen. 7mo
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ha_kaye
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🐶You may have seen Marla Frazee‘s name associated with a lot of Sara Pennypacker books, especially Clementine but Little Brown is a F story of her own which won the Charlotte Zolotow award of 2019. The story follows the life of Little Brown; a lonely dog who keeps to himself. Little Brown wonders if the other dogs at the dog park won‘t play with him because he is grumpy, or if he is grumpy because the other dogs won‘t play with him. #LAE3414sp19

ha_kaye This would make a great RA or SR because of the book‘s opened ending demands for conversation. This story has themes of making friends, bullying, loneliness, and emotions. I couldn‘t find any resources directly linked to Little Brown but I thought having students create their own ending would be a fun activity to follow the reading. This link shows facilitate this “finish me” activity. 7mo
ha_kaye https://www.redesignu.org/design-lab/learning-activities/finish-me-stories This coincides directly with EL strategy 44 since it would be having students create their own predictions of what would happen tomorrow in the story. UDL strategy 7.1, optimize individual choice and autonomy, would work with this activity as well since students would be allowed to create whatever ending they could think of. It would make a great RA or S! (edited) 7mo
Mmw2478 Was it good? Sounds interesting, but weird. 7mo
ha_kaye @Mmw2478 Yes! The artwork makes for the way the story ends. I gave it a so-so because it‘s a book where you either love or hate it 7mo
DrSpalding I am so impressed by your book selection. I have added this one to my stack as well! 7mo
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