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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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gabbymartin
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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! 5d
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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! 14h
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Kcompton2912
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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) 6d
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Dylanburgett
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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

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DrSpalding
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Good night! #ucflae3414su19

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Using Litsy for a college class! How cool! As an elementary ed veteran I think this is a great idea. 1w
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! 1w
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raqueldonna
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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
UDL 8.3
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. 1mo
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cjegolden99

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.

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cjegolden99
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat, 2014. This story was sweet and colorful and full of amazing illustrations that add so much to the story. It‘s about making friends and finding where you belong instead of waiting for it to come.

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cjbattiste

“Neither of them had made a friend before.”

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cjbattiste

The illustrations were excellent - transitioning between very bold colors!

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cjbattiste
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The imaginary friend went and searched for a human. I loved the adventures that he went on - explaining what the “real world” was, too.

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kayleaallison

“And together they did the unimaginable.”

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kayleaallison

I really like the pictures in this book. Children will enjoy the fun images and bright colors.

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kayleaallison
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The Adventures of Belle: the Unimaginary Friend is a Caldecott award winning book by Dan Santat. This book is about an imaginary friend who goes through an emotional journey while looking for his human.

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megansimon

“The world began to feel a little less strange.”

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megansimon

I loved this book! It is so wholesome and cute and I just love it. Definitely going to read to my own kids someday.

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megansimon
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The pictures are so captivating and adorable in this book! The plot was so unique and mirrored making real life friends. I loved the uniqueness of the whole book because I‘ve never seen illustrations or read a story like that.

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ConnorLaCroix

"Her face was friendly and familiar, and there was something about her that felt just right."

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ConnorLaCroix

I loved the character design of beekle. He looks just like how you think an unimaginably friend would look.

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ConnorLaCroix
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Caldecott medal, 2014.
The book teaches the kids about courage and imagination through beekles journey to find his friend. Happy pictures and sad pictures are contrasted by the use of color or lack of use when beekle is sad.

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BrittanyLewis
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“ and together they did the unimaginable”

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I love the pictures on the front cover that show all of the un-imaginary friends with their friends.

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BrittanyLewis
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This story is about a friend named Beekle who decided to travel off of his island to find his friend. He persevered through the adventure and once he found his friend they had great adventures.

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vnneff6000
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This book was sweet!

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vnneff6000
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Here Bleekle met his friend.

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vnneff6000
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This book is about Beekle who wanted a friend. He was born on an island far away where imaginary friends were created.

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Ariel8Smith
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“So rather than waiting... he did the unimaginable”

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Ariel8Smith

Fun story that pushes the imagination. Cute story about friendship.

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Ariel8Smith
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Picturebook 2014. Story of an imaginary friend waiting to find a friend then pursues his goal and goes to find one rather than waiting. Beautiful images that are colorful and fill the page. Story about friendship and patience.

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kaity7

"Every night he stood under the stars, hoping for his turn to be picked by a child and given a special name."

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kaity7

This would be a great story for me to use with my classroom about friendship and hope. I think the children would enjoy the illustrations too.

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kaity7
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This book was written in 2014. This is a great book for children because it describes friendship and the endless possibilities. The illustrations stand out due to the bright, colorful pages. The cover of the book draws readers in due to curiosity. The constant switch of colors fluctuate from dark and light after every turn. Page turner!

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keyleannhawk1
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“Sometimes the best friends lie just beyond our imagination”

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keyleannhawk1

I loved this book!! The creativity, colors, and endless possibilities really kept me engaged and I fell in love! I think this story is almost like a rock for some children. It‘s important to understand making friends is difficult, but not impossible! This book truly brings our real world struggles and triumphs through vibrant pages!

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keyleannhawk1
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Published in 2014. Caldecott 2015.
This book made pictures an integral part of the text by painting a picture for the reader to understand emotions and creativity. The author really put time into details in order to convey how characters are feeling.
I believe this book will also appeal to children and their lives because making friends is difficult, but this book really goes to show there is a friend for everyone!

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
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JLaurenceCohen
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We used gutters as book shelves in our nursery.

julesG Very clever! 6mo
JLaurenceCohen @julesG my wife saw it on Pinterest 6mo
julesG I saw it on Pinterest, too. But my kids are too old for it now. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve seen these, very good idea! 👍 6mo
LauraBeth I LOVE this idea! And much safer than a standing bookcase in a toddler‘s room. 6mo
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marywag08
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Unfortunately, my husband and I had to sacrifice listening to our favorite adult authors because we were on a tight schedule. However, it was worth it just to get the cutest author signature ever. #nationalbookfestival #♥️beekle

LaurenReads Awww - that‘s such a good book 10mo
Bookworm83 That picture is worth skipping all the adult authors...he looks so happy! 😍 10mo
tpixie Your so looks like he is beaming happily! 😍 10mo
AllenTStClair @marywag08 I lost the email with your address for #FeedAReader ! Can you reach out to me at allen.t.st.clair@gmail.com? 😬 10mo
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IamIamIam
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When you get asked to bring a book instead of a card to a baby shower and you say, "How am I supposed to only pick ONE book?!" Then you buy a card anyway....

I'm not good at following rules...

LazyDays Books are the best gifts! 11mo
Soubhiville I always end up getting more than one too! 11mo
Reagan-reads I always get books! 11mo
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IamIamIam @LazyDays @Soubhiville @Reagan-reads I almost always get books too, regardless of what I'm asked! Luckily, my cousin is also a bookworm so this little kiddo will have no shortage of books to read! ❤❤ I just get to pick out the weird ones! 😆 11mo
LibrarianRyan You picked the best books. I love Beckle!!! 11mo
IamIamIam @LibrarianRyan Thank you!!! ☺ It took me a long time to read it out loud without crying! 11mo
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JayaJ
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend written by Dan Santat won a Caldecott Medal and is a F. This book is about an imaginary friend named Beekle, waiting to become a friend with a human. Beekle gets tired of waiting so he journeys by himself to the real world to find a friend. After a long time of searching he finally finds his human friend. This book will be a great GR. UDL 7.1, optimize individual choice and autonomy.

JayaJ And EL 30, Encourage the use of diagrams and drawings as aids to identify concepts and seeing relationships would work well with this book. The link below is a list of discussion questions and activities that can be done in the classroom http://www.lamontbooks.com.au/media/20649/The-adventures-of-Beekle.pdf #UCFLAE3414SuB18 12mo
DrSpalding So many of your peers enjoyed this award winner as well. Graphic organizers that assist students and comprehension or useful in the classroom. 11mo
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GGallegos
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This F book is the winner of a Caldecott award. The theme of this book is friendship and finding where you belong. This cute little imaginary friend was waiting for his turn for a child to imagine him and summon him home. He saw his friends leave and then one day decides to find his friend. He goes on an adventure and eventually finds his friend, how he does you'll have to read and see! This would best be used in a LC.

GGallegos This resource is great to get the students guessing what happens to Beekle: http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/using-prediction-... A UDL principles this book meets is 9.2 and ESOL strategy 30 as you can have students draw pictures of their imaginary friend. 12mo
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AmyPerezCubas
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This is an amazing addition to a classroom library! The fantastic Dan Santat wrote and illustrated this 2015 Caldecott Award winning book. This is a beautifully told fantasy story about Beekle leaving the imaginary friend island to finally find a friend/child. He explores the world and may have found somebody special! 😏

True Fact: Santat created this book as a gift to his son. Beekle was his son‘s first word when trying to pronounce bicycle.

AmyPerezCubas #UCFLAE3414SuB18 Great for grades PreS- Gr 2. http://www.dantat.com 13mo
DrSpalding Love the true fact addition! Very cool! What genre? What teaching strategy? What UDL & EL? 💜📚 13mo
GGallegos Hi Amy! I love the true fact❤ I love that as a father, he brought in some real life into his book. Just how we talked about in class we should relate book to the real world and this is a great book to do this with! 13mo
ERodriguez I have not read this book, but I will. It sounds like a fun story , especially when is referring to the imaginary friend looking for a child to be his friend.😀 (edited) 12mo
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ambera
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F. S. This book was Award the 2015 Caldecott Medal. Beekle is an imaginary friend who has not been chosen by a child yet. He waits on an island wth other imaginary friends until a child chooses him; that is until, he decides to go off and find the child that would be his friend all on his own. UDL 1.1 Offer ways of customizing the display of information. http://thecorecoaches.com/2015/09/meet-beekle/. #UCFLAE3414SP18

ambera ESOL 17. Provide contextual support through audio visuals, models, demonstrations, realia, body language, and facial expressions 1y
KaitlynN I read this book too! I thought the artwork was amazing! Especially when Beekle goes into the room with all of the children and their imaginary friends! So interesting and colorful! 1y
ambera @KaitlynN It was such a cute read! I could only imagine reading this to a group of students and then having them create their own imaginary friend! It would be too precious to see what they come up with 1y
BookaholicNatty This looks good!!!!! 1y
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KaitlynN
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The Adventures of Beekle is a MF book that won a Caldecott Award and would be a great read aloud or guided reading. ESOL Strategy 36 is all about asking lots of HOT questions, which would be very interesting to do with this book. UDL Strategy 2.1 would also be easily incorporated because this book used some elevated vocabulary and symbolism in the illustrations. The image I included is my favorite of the many Beekle faces! #ucflae3414sp18

KaitlynN https://www.google.com/amp/s/edci305a.wordpress.com/2016/04/05/the-adventures-of... this resource was created for drama programs using this book, but the activities are really wonderful. One is having small groups create a “still picture “ of how Beekle feels being the only one not chosen as an imaginary friend. This could also help reinforce vocabulary words like “lonely”. I highly recommend this book! 1y
erin.yarbrough I love the illustrations! And if it can be used for a drama, it‘s certainly worth a read! 1y
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AshleyC
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Beekle by Dan Santat- Fiction
Award Won: 2015 Caldecott Medal

What a wonderful read! It is perfect for younger children as they can relate to starting new friendships no matter who it is. Beekle bring out heart felt emotions and is connecting to anyone! The visuals certainly okay a major part in the story, it adds to the tone and imagination of the students representation. #imagination #picturebooks
Www.YouTube.com/watch?v=Zc82ibP6Fy8

DrSpalding See previous comments. Love the cover of this particular book! 1y
AshleyC Teaching strategies: RA IR SR GR PAR 1y
AshleyC UDL Strategy 1.2 offer alternatives for auditory information EL strategy 11- Place language in meaningful context 1y
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Jenniferj11419
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The Adventure of Beekle the Unimaginably Friend is the 2015 Caldecott Medal award winner. This is a story about an unimaginably friend on an adventure to find a real friend. The theme of this book is to not give up when you feel lonely and looking for a friend, they will come. In the end, they both realize they were meant to be friends with each other and their lives a lot less lonely. This book would be a great RA book. #UCFLAE3414SP18

Jenniferj11419 I was thinking it would be perfect for the first day of school, especially because children feel lonely and want to give up when they cannot find their “perfect” friend.
http://thecorecoaches.com/2015/09/meet-beekle/
https://blogs.iwu.edu/clrbspring15/2015/04/26/the-adventures-of-beekle-the-unima...
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Jenniferj11419 The UDL principles 9.1 and 9.2 promoting beliefs that optimize motivation and facilitating personal coping skills and strategies will help the EL strategies 32 to not be afraid of being active in group settings with other classmates.
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SadiqaH I love this book , an imaginary friend needed to be picked up as a friend is a unique idea . 1y
DrSpalding You are right. This book is meant to be read aloud. It‘s beautiful award-winning illustrations will capture your students attention. Very well done. 1y
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Eggs
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"The real world was a strange place. No kids were eating cake. No one stopped to hear the music And everyone needed nap time."

"Sometimes the best friends lie just beyond our imagination."

LibrarianJen 💖 Beekle 1y
Johanna414 My kids loved this one when I worked in an elementary library! 1y
ReadingRover This book is the cutest! 🌈 1y
Serotonin My son has this book ❤️ 1y
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Eggs
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Beekle doesn't really exist until someone "imagines" him

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DrSpalding
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Here's my #bookhaul @MadisonCarter & @Aimeejett from the #Scholastic warehouse sale! $66 for 24 books. I saw FIVE former students; four of which were working for books and happily teaching at Cheney, Crystal Lakes and Lake Mary Elementary! Most of these will be giveaways to my spring LAE class. #ucflae3414f17

DrSpalding It cut off the picture but that is my dog trying to dig into my book bag. Finn ❤️loves books.🐕 2y
MadisonCarter Great books! I was amazed at the selection! It didn‘t feel like I was digging through “leftovers”. Thanks for sharing! 🐶🐱❤️ 2y
DrSpalding Thank you @MadisonCarter ❤️📚 2y
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ProfessorOak
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#UCFLA3414F17 The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat is a modern fantasy that has won the Caldecott Medal. It is the story about a imaginary friend that waited to be chosen by a real child and his journey to meet his perfect kid.

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MorganH
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This F Caldecott winner is a beautiful story about Beekle the unimaginary friend, set out to find his perfect friend! This would make such a cute S! www.literaryhoots.com/2017/04/15-fun-extension-activities-for.html is full of 15 activities to be paired with this story, including drawing your own imaginary friend, scavenger hunts, and goal setting!

MorganH EL 17 ‘Provide contextual support through audio visuals, models, demonstrations, realia, body language and facial expressions‘ would fit easily if used as an S! UDL 7.1 ‘Optimize individual choice and autonomy‘ is reinforced by the story being about everyone‘s individual imaginary friend made just for them! This is where having students create their own imaginary friend would play well. #ucflae3414f17 2y
SarahWynne Gorgeous illustrations! Love the strategies you used. Having students create an imaginary friend is adorable! 2y
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