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Posted July 2, 2011
Highly Recommended for Classroom!
I would recommend the picture book Gerald McBoing Boing, by Dr. Seuss, to be used by teachers in a first, second, or third-grade classroom. Gerald McCloy is the main character who, from the time he starts talking, does not speak words but rather says "Boing boing!" His parents become very concerned for their son, so they take him to the doctor. Unfortunately, the doctor has no cure or solution for Gerald's condition. He continues to make strange noises instead of speaking real words. When it comes time for Gerald to attend his first day of school, his parents send him and hope for the best. All of the children make fun of Gerald and he is sent home with a note from his teacher explaining that there is nothing she can do. That evening, feeling disheartened, Gerald runs away from home. At the end of the story, he meets a stranger who changes his life forever. I would absolutely use this book to teach children about onomatopoeias. There are countless examples of onomatopoeias in this story, so I think this would be a great story to read children and introduce them to the concept. This book certainly shows children how onomatopoeias can be used in writing. It is a funny story with bright, colorful, and engaging illustrations on each page. It is sure to capture children's attention. For a younger grade such as First, this book could also be used in a Social Studies lesson about making good choices and getting along with others to teach children about differences and the importance of excepting those differences among peers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 22, 2005
Excellent teaching tool!
I first heard this book at a staff training meeting, about a year ago. I work for people with disabilities (of all kinds) and our manager read us this book to give a humorous twist on a serious lesson about showing others dignity and respect, and appreciating unique qualities in others. Using this book can help even young children grasp this important concept.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.