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Sparky!
Sparky! | Jenny Offill
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A little girl wants a pet. She's not fussy, any will do. Her mother said no to a bird and bunny and trained seal. Then she agrees to the sloth, Sparky! Sloths don't know how to fetch. Or roll over. But they sure know how to play dead. What's an eager pet owner to do?
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Happy international Sloth day! Thanks @Sace for bringing this to our attention. The tagged book is my favourite sloth related children‘s book. #slothday

RealBooks4ever He doesn‘t look like he has too much spark today! 💜 1mo
Graywacke my kids got this more me a few years ago, my spirit animal. Happy sloth day! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @Graywacke Happy sloth day to you as well!! What a great spirit animal to have! 1mo
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Estradan
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Sparky! is a RF book by Jenny Offill and it has won the 2015 Charlotte Zolotow award. This book is about a young girl, who, from the help of her librarian, finds a sloth as a perfect pet. Although, he doesn‘t do many cool tricks, Sparky the sloth, still steals the show his irresistible charm. This would be a great book for a RA if students are learning about animals or pets.

Estradan This can align with ESOL strategy 4 because students can talk about pets and the teacher can provide pictures of common pets. UDL 3.2 fits with the story map because it will help with the big idea and comprehension of the book. An extra resource that could be beneficial during or after reading is this story map https://www.teachingbooks.net/clp.cgi?master_id=39188&lf_id=9. #ucflae3414su19 4mo
carlenerubin This book sounds so cute! The story map that you attached is excellent! I cant wait to read this book and share it with my future students! The idea of students sharing about their pets is great! I think I would also include their dream pets as well! 4mo
DrSpalding I must read this book. I added it to my stack. Again I saw it when it one and have yet to read it. Your post made me want to! 4mo
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SarahWynne
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Sparky! By Jenny Offill&Chris Appelhans is an adorable F (or RF if you think sloths could be pets) PB that won the Charlotte Zolotow Award in 2015. Have you ever begged for a pet, but your parents say no way? That‘s just what happened in this story, except the mother finally agrees based on these criteria: as long as it doesn‘t need to be walked or bathed or fed. So one inventive little girl finds just the pet... a sloth that she names Sparky.

SarahWynne http://p5cdn1static.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_32715/File/Departme... After presenting this book as a RA...this lesson has students write a letter to a family member about getting a pet. These are the strategies that help support it...
UDL: 6.2 Support planning and strategy development
ESOL: 16. Integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities #UCFLAE3414F17
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MeghanW I love this book! I bought it because the pictures are just amazing! I think it is a great idea for the students to write a letter to their parents about getting a pet. 2y
LaurenR This is so unique to the entire wanting a pet dynamic! So fun and I definitely want to read it! 2y
SarahWynne @MeghanW @laurenR it‘s a good one for sure! The wanting a pet writing activity was too good to pass up! 2y
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MeghanW
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Sparky! Is a RF book written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans. It won the Charlotte Zolotow Award for the best picture book text published. The book is about a little girl who wants a pet and her mom said it needs to be low maintenance, so she gets a sloth mailed to her. She tries to teach him tricks and impress her friend. I adore this book and the illustrations! The colors just make it so beautiful. #ucflae3414f17

MeghanW I think this book would be great for a RT. There are many characters the students can be. EL Strategy 16: integrate speaking, listening, reading and writing activities. UDL Strategy 5.3: build fluencies with graduated levels of support for practice and performance. https://www.weareteachers.com/8-steps-to-successful-classroom-readers-theater-2/ this link is a great resource for teachers to learn how to organize a RT and have it be effective. 2y
EricaG This looks like such a cute book! I love sloths so I will have to read this! I also like your idea to use this for a RT. 2y
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emilykwilkins
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This fun, Charlotte Zolotow award winning, F book is about a girl who gets a sloth as a pet and their journey. This would be a fun RA or SR since there is a lot of good opportunities to teach new vocabulary in this book. The link below will take you to a page that is full of activities that go along with the book.
https://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/sparky.pdf #ucflae3414f17

emilykwilkins EL 5 Teach technical vocabulary supporting key concepts UDL 2.1 Clarify vocabulary and symbols 2y
DrSpalding Not many have found Zolotow award winners. Good choice. 2y
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elifkelly
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Sparky is an award winning picture book written by Jenny Offill and illustrated by Chris Appelhans. Sparky won the Charlotte Zolotow award for 2015. This book would work well with RA and IR. This book is about Sparky, a young girl‘s pet sloth. The young girl attempts to teach her slow pet tricks and perform for people, but eventually understands Sparky‘s inactive nature. #ucflae3414f17

elifkelly To ensure students have comprehended the book‘s theme of patience and acceptance, this activity kit can be used in class. http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/resource/sparky-storytime-activity-kit/ The comprehension activities ensure EL 46 use discovery learning activities (hands-on-activities) and UDL 1.3 offer alternatives for visual information are met. 2y
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SarahF
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"A promise is a promise"
I'm so in love with this adorable Realistic Fiction book, Sparky! It's a very fun read and I love that it explores the idea of different pets that aren't your typical cat, dog, fish etc. I'm including two activities because I couldn't choose just one! http://www.floridamediaed.org/uploads/6/1/4/2/61420659/sparky.pdf and http://www.randomhouse.com/teachers/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Sparky_ActBk_WEB.... #UCFLAE3414sp17

krystag I have seen this book in almost every classroom that I've worked in and always see it on display at book fairs! I think it's about time that I read it! I liked the activities that you included! They are cute and great for young children! 3y
HeyMsBowen I've never heard of this but I'm so intrigued! :) I'll have to check it out! ❤ 3y
DrSpalding Having won the Charlotte Zolotow award in 2014, I too have seen this in many classroom libraries. This one is worth the purchase. I like that you included the Florida media awards site along with the publisher's site. Random House is excellent at supporting teachers in using their books. 3y
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Christinak
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So cute! I am in love with the illustrations. #picturebooks

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EvieBee
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Such a cute little book about a pet sloth. They are so cute! #childrens #picturebooks

KilgoreTrout I love the art in this one!! 3y
MicheleinPhilly Every time I see a sloth I say "I want one!" Then I see their nails. ? 3y
EvieBee @KilgoreTrout Me too! Kind of vintage, a throwback to childhood classics, right? (edited) 3y
EvieBee @MicheleinPhilly Yes, those nails! I know they're harmless but too wolverine-like lol 3y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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I am a sucker for sloths and could not resist - the art is SO damn cute! But it is also a wonderful story about accepting people/pets for who they are and not trying to make them into something they are not. A sloth will never learn tricks or play like a puppy.
A sloth is going to sloth.
I ❤️Sparky.

EvieBee Looks awesome! She wrote Dept. of Specualtion, right? Didn't know she wrote children's books! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @EvieBee84 Looks like it! I had no idea about her adult books so you & I are in opposite boats 😉 3y
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Texreader Such a darling cover 3y
RanaElizabeth Sparky is the best! Him and I are good friends! 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @RanaElizabeth Right?! Sparky really is perfection. The ideal little buddy 💖💕 3y
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LibrarianRyan
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An interesting take on the “What Pet Should I Get” question. I‘m not sure a sloth would make a good pet. Well illustrated.

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JAMZ
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I love this book for Jenny Offill's logic and the inclusion of a sloth.