Du Iz Tak?

  • Title: Du Iz Tak?
  • Author: Carson Ellis
  • Illustrator: Carson Ellis
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication year: 2016
  • Brief Summary: From Candlewick Press-“Du iz tak? What is that? As a tiny shoot unfurls, two damselflies peer at it in wonder. When the plant grows taller and sprouts leaves, some young beetles arrive to gander, and soon—with the help of a pill bug named Icky—they wrangle a ladder and build a tree fort. But this is the wild world, after all, and something horrible is waiting to swoop down—booby voobeck!—only to be carried off in turn. Su! With exquisitely detailed illustrations and tragicomic flair, Carson Ellis invites readers to imagine the dramatic possibilities to be found in even the humblest backyard. Su!
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –I found this resource from the blog Book Nerd Mommy which has an extensive activity guide on how to use this book for children to develop their decoding and inferring skills (something I did not consider but wholeheartedly believe this book would help with that after reading her article).
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it –Ellis’s illustrations all are done on two pages with the text of the insects corresponding to which insect is talking. This set up allows for the passage of time to be shown with each turn of the page (thereby letting children infer that time has moved).

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