We just finished How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor. This is on my must read list every year in 5th grade. Here is my original post from January 29, 2011. Georgina, Toby, Momma, and Mookie teach us so many important life lessons. The woven themes of giving back, importance of family, "don't judge a book by it's cover" and never giving up are all intertwined throughout the story. Georgina has so many decisions and the process of her thinking is saved in her writer's notebook which is just an added plus for me. Finally, I asked my students to write their responses, and to say that I was overwhelmed was an understatement. In addition, I suggested to my students to share their thoughts about this book with their parents. Several students chose this option also.
|She sure realized all the life lessons.|
|LOVE his opening lead!|
|Conversation between my student and her mom.|