So excited to feature another book by The Center School 2018 mock Caldecott Winner, Matt Tavares. It's also a good book to read as we move into our class's fantasy baseball season. You can read more about that here. The other reason I'm super excited about this book is because it's available in Spanish and English. When I taught bilingual Spanish first grade in Chelsea, it was difficult to find a variety of books in Spanish, and Candlewick was one of the companies I could count on to publish quality books in Spanish. I combined two of the activities from the teacher's guide below into one. Enjoy!
Activity Name: How Far from Home?
Activity Description: Pull up a map of North America. Have students mark all the different places that Pedro played: the Dominican Republic, Montana, Montreal, and so on. Ask students to determine the miles between each location. Which place was the farthest from Pedro’s home? Which place was the closest? Then, ask students to write a letter from Pedro's point of view to his family describing one place he was in. Students can research the cities and brainstorm ideas in partners or small groups before writing the letters.
Website: www.matttavares.com/ Be sure to check out his website. He has a ton of resources about Growing Up Pedro. There are links to a few of the fabulous resources below.
Sports Illustrated for Kids Interview
The Yarn Podcast
Want to buy a signed book? You can order one from an awesome, local independent bookstore in New Hampshire, G. Willikers.
Whether it be for one specific student, a small group of kids, or a whole class, finding a "just right" book makes the teacher's and the students' day.