Once Upon a Baby Brother by Sarah Sullivan, illustrated by Tricia Tusa

Summary (from the jacket flap):

It was a dark and stormy night…

Lizzie loves to make up stories and tell them to anyone and everyone. But now that her annoying baby brother, Marvin, has joined the family, only her faithful dog, Big George, has time to listen. Fortunately, Miss Pennyroyal, Lizzie’s teacher, loves stories, too. Each day at writing time, Lizzie grabs her Princess Merriweather pencil, snaps open her Imagination Notebook, and she’s off on a writing adventure:

The brave young girl rescued her teacher from the alligator pit…

Lizzie’s so full of writing ideas, it seems that nothing can stop her. And then one day, something does–and not even her Princess Merriweather pencil can help. What’s a star writer to do?

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Hand this book to the kid who:

* Has a new baby sibling

* Is a budding author

* Is a reluctant writer

* Regularly bemoans, “But I can’t think of anything to write!”

Use this to teach:

* Pre-Writing/Brainstorming–Students can create their own Imagination Notebooks just like Lizzie’s to keep track of their story ideas.

*Descriptive Writing--Lizzie uses strong verbs, descriptive language and laugh-out-loud dialogue that students will want to emulate in their own writing.

*Journaling–Lizzie deals with her exasperation over her baby brother through her writing, which would make a good springboard to journal-writing for kids.

*Family–Even though Lizzy’s brother annoys her at times, she ultimately learns to appreciate him and the their sibling bond.

Curriculum Guide here.

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Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Publication Date: 2010

ISBN-10: 0374346356
ISBN-13: 9780374346355

Reading Level: 3.3

Interest Level: Elementary School


2 responses to “Once Upon a Baby Brother by Sarah Sullivan, illustrated by Tricia Tusa

  1. Wow. What a GREAT idea for a blog!! And so very well done. I look forward to reading a lot more from you, Natalie.

  2. Natalie Dias Lorenzi

    Thanks, Ruth! I look forward to featuring your ELLIE books here on the blog. 🙂

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