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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend | Dan Santat
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Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle. New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one's place in the world.
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Kaylasarka
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“And together they did the unimaginable.”

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The illustrations in this story were my favorite part.

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This was a cute story about a imaginary friend who was trying to find his person and he did. This is a great read about friendship and I really think young children would enjoy this read.

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This book allows kids to be imaginative and also shows them that it may be hard, but they should always follow their dreams. It can also show kids that it may be hard to make new friends, but they will always find someone they connect with.

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sarabellini
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“And together they did the unimaginable.”

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I liked this illustration because it shows their first interaction together before becoming friends.

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I loved how this book was about finding friendship. This is important for children to have fun with friends and explore.

JeanSwan Will read it with my little girl Milla 1w
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Juliafass

“But thinking about his friend gave him the courage to journey on until he reached the real world.”

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This children‘s book has beautifully done illustrations that bring the book to life and spark your imagination.

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The Adventures of Beekle was written by Dan Santat in 2014 and won the Caldecott medal. It‘s not surprise to me that this is an award winning book because the illustrations are absolutely captivating. The color and wonder and whimsy leaps off the pages and reminds you of a time when imaginary friends were a part of your life too. A very cute kids book to read in any classroom.

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abbychlosta

Neither of them had made a friend before. But... after a little while they realized they were perfect together.

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This book was super cute and Beekle is such a lovable character. This books really makes the readers feel emotion but in a good way.

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The Adventures of Berkeley by Dan Santat was written in 2014 and is a Caldecott Honor book. This story takes us along the adventures of an imaginary friend and how they fiend their friends. It was a fun journey to follow and was a heart warming tale since Beekle found his friend. I think since a lot of children have imaginary friends this would be a very relatable topic for children and it could get their wheels turning about imaginary friends.

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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend is a MF picture book written and illustrated by Dan Santat. This book won the Caldecott Medal. Beekle is a story about an imaginary friend that journeys into the world to find his perfect match and get his name! This is a light hearted picture book that would used in my classroom as a RA.

carlenerubin http://thecorecoaches.com/2015/09/meet-beekle/

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ESOL: 13
This activity is great for all ages. You can make or purchase the Beekle plus and use it as an alternative for visual information!

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DrSpalding This is a fun modern fantasy read aloud. Being that it is a Caldecott award winner, it will help you meet standards in language arts. 1mo
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DMoux
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This 2015 Caldecott award winning MF is a friendly story about an imaginary friend in his imaginary world waiting for his human friend to imagine him. After a long wait, he decides to go into the real world to look for her. Such a wonderful book with amazing illustrations about patience and making friends! This would be a great RA as it would allow for these creative illustrations to be showcased in front of the whole class!

DMoux https://rampages.us/hockettjv/wp-content/uploads/sites/10356/2015/12/Read-Aloud-... The link provides an in-depth read aloud lesson plan with a sequencing chart at the end to check for comprehension! UDL 3.2 will be used to sequence events by highlighting patterns and big ideas. ESOL 42 will use timelines and charts to sequence important facts and information. #ucflae3414su19 (edited) 2mo
DrSpalding Helpful resource and nice alignment. I like that you have also noted the date for the award. 1mo
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BeverlyMel
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I want to start off by saying I really wanted to get the plush to go with the book but I couldn‘t find it anywhere 😭. But nevertheless this MF read is a book that would now be my favorite bedtime story. It is also a Caldecott Award winner. It‘s about this unimaginary friend (Beekle) and his quest to become a child‘s imaginary friend. I loved all the colors and images this book had. I think it could definelty be a great RA or maybe even a DR.

BeverlyMel
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UDL 5.1 is to use multiple media for communication. I found this link for a story time read aloud of the book. ESOL strategy 17: provide contextual support through audio visuals, models & demonstrations #UCFLAE3414SU19
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DawnS Well I really wanted this book when you won it... but I guess great minds think alike lol anyways the Narcoossee Kohl‘s says they have the plush available for pick up for 5 bucks. (edited) 2mo
DrSpalding So many of you selected this book. That is what happens when you honor a book in class. Do this for your students. Much better job with universal design and English learner strategies here. 2mo
DrSpalding Fun story time with Bill from the publisher! 2mo
DMoux Love this book so much! I also used it for my Litsy post, the illustrations are amazing! 2mo
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The Adventures of Beekle is a book written and illustrated by Dan Santat. This is a colorful, MF book that comes alive with detailed illustrations and imagination. It‘s about an unimaginary friend who is desperate to be a child‘s imaginary friend. He goes on a journey to meet the perfect friend. This book would be a great storytelling opportunity because you can create all of the characters and fun settings that Beekle encounters.

MeaganM I love this website! It gives a list of activity suggestions to accompany the book. It also gives plenty of discussion questions to follow the storytelling. The storytelling, discussion, and activity would be UDL 7.2 because you are making it relevant to each student. EL strategy #22 could be utilized if you gave appropriate think time for students to formulate responses. #ucflae3414su19 (edited) 2mo
DMoux Such a great link! Love the idea of the printable name tags and the other fun activities. Looks like it would be such a fun book to share with the class and can provoke lots of critical thinking through the discussion questions! 2mo
DrSpalding While no one used this as a storytelling, I think it would make an excellent read aloud, storytelling, or even a readers theater! Using this book as a read aloud during an author study would also be wise! Children are drawn to his images. 2mo
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This is “The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, written and illustrated by Dan Santat. This Caldecott Medal winning MF picture book is about an imaginary creature who goes on the search for his friend. This story has stunning visuals and has a great lesson for children about courage and friendship.
Teaching Strategies: RA, LC
UDL: 3.2- Discuss relationships like the friendship between Beekle and his friend.

gabbymartin EL- Teach questioning for clarification: asking questions during RA or LC so ELL‘s understands the beyond the pictures and allow them to ask questions. Website: https://smedia3.webcollage.net/3d06686aa26b9ee9b200d65a618aabda21a396e8?Signatur... an excellent resource with questions and activities to use in the classroom! 2mo
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MeganKlein Awesome resource! This book seems like a good one to have in a classroom library. I‘ve heard nothing but great things about this text! 2mo
DrSpalding This is an amazing resource from the publisher Little Brown and Company. (edited) 2mo
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The sweetest MF book written by Dan Santat warms my heart as I read it! The illustrations, which one the Caldecott Award, are absolutely stunning! Belle is an imaginary friend that is waiting to be picked by a child. But as Belle waited and waited, he became impatient. Belle goes out into the real world and searches for his friend to call him an imaginary friend! This book would be great as a RA book focusing on imagination and courage as a theme

Kcompton2912 This link has discussion questions and activities to go along with the RA. http://www.lamontbooks.com.au/media/20649/The-adventures-of-Beekle.pdf The UDL principle 6.1, guide appropriate goal setting, and the EL strategy 15, reinforce the key ideas you present again and again, can both be met with this book in a RA setting. #UCFLAE3414SU19 (edited) 2mo
DrSpalding You found fabulous resources for high-quality books. This image is adorable. 2mo
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The adventures of Beekle: The unimaginary friend written and illustrated by Dan Santat. This MF book is a Caldecott award winner and an amazing read for young children. He‘s a magical creature on the search for a real friend. Teaching strategy: RA with all students. EL: Encourage self-talk (positive thinking). UDL: Highlight patterns, critical thinking, big ideas and relationships. Link to read aloud: https://youtu.be/aIM51_iCbjI #UCFLAE3414SU19

DrSpalding See previous comments. Be sure to manage your time wisely. 1mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Using Litsy for a college class! How cool! As an elementary ed veteran I think this is a great idea. 2mo
DrSpalding @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I thought so! Meet them where they are...social media is a wonderful way to share what we read and learn from one another! 2mo
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F/ Caldecott medal winner/ GR IR
I love Santat's illustrations & kids will love the whimsical story of a friend not yet "imagined"
Students could draw versions of their own unimaginary friends, connecting reading with art
Horn book interview & the story's inspiration:
www.hbook.com/2015/07/choosing-books/horn-book-magazine/profile-of-2015-caldecott-medal-winner-dan-santat
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ELL broken down translations for words like 'unimaginary'
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Kayladvazquez I love your activity idea. This book has an amazing illustration. The activity can even go as far as making it a group assignment. If it was a science lesson you could have the students actually create their imaginary friend using recycled items. 3mo
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Caldecott winner. This is a such a sweet book to have in a classroom and to read aloud. It‘s fun and ends on a happy note.