Thursday, January 22, 2015

LITTLE PATRIOT PRESS: Charlie Brown and the Common Core

"Little Patriot Press has partnered with Peanuts Worldwide to make American history and American heroes come alive for young readers.  With all-original stories featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, and the whole Peanuts gang, children will learn about American history from the characters beloved by many generations." --from press announcement


ABOUT THE BOOK

Charlie Brown and his friends are embarking on a day of adventures! As the Peanuts gang explores the outdoors, the kids decide to reenact the feats of great explorers they learned about in school. Retrace the remarkable journeys of men and women who tread new ground—including one woman you’ve never heard of before—in this exciting new Peanuts adventure. Book includes presentations on great explorers and activity pages.

REVIEW

When I heard about this series, I was intrigued.  Using familiar characters to teach themes from the Common Core sounded like a great idea to me.  Once I received the books I was not disappointed.  The books manage to maintain the feel of Schultz's original characters while sharing information within the story.  In this book, Lucy gives everyone her typical lousy advice which they turn into some great adventures that are reminiscient of some great explorers of the past including: Lewis & Clark, Christopher Columbus, Gertrude Ederle, Amelia Earhart, and Neil Armstrong.  There is additional information about each of the explorers at the end of the book along with a writing prompt and a drawing prompt.  This would be a great book for teachers to use to introduce a unit on explorers.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Charlie Brown and his friends are hitting the baseball field for a long day of fun in the sun! But the game turns into something more when the Peanuts gang starts learning about the many men and women who changed the course of history by helping their fellow humans. This touching ode to some of the world’s great humanitarian heroes—including one forgotten hero who helped little kids!—will warm hearts and inspire. Book includes presentations on great humanitarian heroes and activity pages.

REVIEW

This story focuses on a baseball game with Charlie Brown's team on the losing end as usual, but along the way Charlie Brown and his teammates learn about heroes who proved that winning really isn't everything, but doing the right thing is.  Those heroes include: Martin Luther King Jr., Clara Barton, Lewis Hine, Susan B. Anthony, and Rosa Parks.  I think I especially liked this book because Charlie Brown gets a happy ending for once.  Not only is there a great lesson here but a great reminder of some of the remarkable people that have made a difference in the world.  The additional information as well as writing and drawing prompts make this especially appropriate for teachers to use in their classrooms.


ABOUT THE BOOK


Charlie Brown and his friends are throwing a party to celebrate great inventions! To prepare for the party, everyone in the Peanuts gang is coming up with a favorite “big idea” from history. But Charlie Brown has a problem: he can’t think of any big ideas! Rediscover history’s great inventions—and learn about a very important inventor you’ve never even heard of before—in this fun and enlightening new Peanuts story. Book includes presentations on great inventors and activity pages.

REVIEW

The ending of this book made me laugh because of which Peanuts character wins the invention contest and why.  Once again there is a story here with information embeded in the story. It was fun to see how each character was inspired along the way.  It would be fun to have students guess which of the things shown in the illustrations end up in the contest.  The prompts and additional information at the end make this book especially appropriate for teacher use.

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