Mentor Monday-The Library Dragon by Carmen Deedy



What a busy weekend it was!  We hope you enjoy all of the great book units our group put together.  I know I am/will be!

Today I am linking up with my friend, Emily at The Reading Tutor/OG with one of my favorite books that may or may not be familiar to many of my readers.  


This book is truly hilarious.  It is filled with figurative language and many opportunities to make inferences.  Besides that, my students have always found it very funny.  I mean really...doesn't every librarian have a little dragon in her sometimes when it comes to protecting the books?  (I think this teacher does too)  

Since I was putting this post together, I decided to put together a slide show that I could use for questioning and modeling with think aloud how we infer as I share the book. The slides will give you an idea of the language that is in the book too.  I think using it with fourth and fifth graders is probably ideal, but strong students in lower grades may benefit from the vocabulary woven into the story. If you think this book would work for you, you are welcome to download and use the slides.  You can access the file [here].

We infer for several purposes-word meaning, character traits, with predictions, and with pictures.  In the slide to the left, we infer what the meaning of the idiom is.  Students can point out that she describes children "touching and clutching, pawing and clawing, smearing and tearing her precious books.  They may also think of her motto as "strict". 

To the right, this slide shows two children hiding behind the bookshelf.  Students can infer from the picture that they frightened of the librarian.  I plan to talk about citing text evidence as students explain their thinking.  It's very important that we model how we analyze the text with think aloud, but also ask students to explain their thinking as a way to check understanding.


We use characters thoughts, feelings, and behavior to determine character traits.  In this example, students are asked to explain from the text how the principal may be feeling. Teachers might expand on the vocabulary here by discussing times students may feel this way.


I will end with the last slide I made (and you can download and check out the rest). What can you infer from this quote?  You'll have to think about it as it relates to your school librarian (and share this book with him/her if you get a chance).  Whether they are just like Miss Scales or not, they will certainly get a great laugh out of it.  When I saw Carmen Deedy talk at our state reading conference, I could not help but laugh the whole time she was speaking.  You see, my good friend, Lea, the librarian at my school at the time was much like Miss Scales.  She was an ol' softy inside, and she sure did love the children. She was an amazing help to my son and every other as they passed through elementary school with her.  She knew their personalities and could tell them exactly which books they'd love, but she was a protector of the books too.  She could give the look.  Yes you know the one.  The one we give kids who ask how to do something just after we've given directions.  (You'll have to visit my Facebook page where I shared a photo of "the look"...very funny!)  The children really respected her, and I think it did help to keep on top of the inventory.  :-)  

Well, if you have read this far, then I suppose you'd enjoy a little bonus here at the end of my post. As we planned our Loving Literacy Hop, I also shared a unit with a group of blogging friends who put together this little e-book highlighting one product freebie and our blogs.  I have really enjoyed sharing my ideas and learning from so many amazing teacher bloggers along the way.  To access the materials, just click the cover below.  The pdf files are embedded on the pages.  Enjoy these lessons from our heart during the month of February.  

The materials I shared in the e-book are for the book, For the Love of Autumn, a sweet book about a lost pet that is found and how special pets are to us. 

Have a great week, and until next time, happy reading!

6 comments

  1. I love your slideshow! What a fabulous resource for our readers! I'll have to look up the picture of your librarian with "the look." I think we've all encountered at least one librarian like that over the years! Thanks for linking up your wonderful post!
    Emily, TRT/OG

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    1. Oh no...it wasn't my librarian...I know I've given "the look" too. This books is really a great one. Once I use it, I will see how it works for modeling. I just made it today.

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  2. I love the slideshow! What a neat way to show your thinking. I love this book too!

    Krista Mahan
    Teaching Momster

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Krista. I love the play with words...genius really.

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  3. Thanks for sharing! I've not used this book yet but I have a kindergarten teacher who does! You've made me very curious, I think I'm going to have to check it out! :)

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