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April 25, 2019

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Bad Day at Riverbend

The Frazzled Teacher Recommends: Bad Day at Riverbend

Do you love books as much as I do? I definitely consider myself an avid reader! I am always on the lookout for new books while taking the time to reread my favorites. Join me each Thursday as I share a classroom treasure with you. Let me know what you think of the book and what book you would recommend!

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I love Chris Van Allsburg books! They are beautifully written and the pictures seem to tell another story. I could recommend the classic, The Polar Express, but I wanted to share some of his other books that others may not know as much about.

Bad Day at Riverbend looks like a simplistic book. Many pictures are in black and white. Then, as the story goes on, it looks as if someone has scribbled in the book. I pretend to get mad when reading this book, complaining about who would draw in the book!

The book,itself, centers on Ned, the sheriff, who has to deal with a mysterious light that is causing havoc on the town. Anytime the light appears, citizens freeze up. When it disappears, people, animals, and scenery are covered with a colorful mess.

When you get to the end there is definitely a twist! The book turns out to be a coloring book that belongs to a child. I love when students can guess this before the story ends. There are a lot of picture clues to help students realize this. This makes the book a great one for drawing conclusions.

Here are some other great books by Chris Van Allsburg:


Jumanji may be one that many of heard about since it has been made into a movie a couple of times. However, the book definitely differs from the movies (especially the second one). It makes a great compare/contrast activity. 

Did you know that Jumaji has a sequel? It's called Zathura. This one is set in space. There is a lesser known movie made about this one. Comparing and contrasting the two books would be another fun activity. 

Two Bad Ants is another one of my favorites! It's just a great book to read and enjoy!

What book do you recommend?

Looking for a great read aloud for your students? Then check out this blog post! Bad Day at Riverbend will get your students Drawing Conclusions. This book will make your students think things through carefully as the book is not what it appears to be. Read how this frazzled teacher uses it in her classroom. #confessionsofafrazzledteacher #bookrecommendation #readaloud {Preschool, Kindergarten, First, Second, and Third Grade Students}

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