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Some Birthday! by Patricia Polacco
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Some Birthday!

by Patricia Polacco

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This story will make you laugh because of the events that take place on Trisha's birthday! She's hoping for birthday party but thinks her father has forgotten because he takes on a trip down to the lake to look for monsters!

Curricular connections: After the book is read aloud to the class there could be a lesson using text to text connections and text to self connections. This will helps students make connections and understand the story, the author's style, and theme of the story. Charts could be used to record the connections from the class. Students could also make their response in a writing/reading journal.
  sanm277 | Feb 28, 2016 |
c. I liked this book because of its plot the daughter thinks her father forgets her birthday because he has plans to do something else, but in the end he did not forget, he just wanted an adventure. However, I did not like the pictures. I like the books plot because the children get a great adventure with their father but then come to find out that the “monster” was him all along. I did not like the pictures because it made adults look too old. The grandmother looked the right age, however the father who has young children, looks like he could be the grandfather of those children. I believe that the big picture of this book is that be patient your day will come, even if it’s not what you expect it to be, be patient and be grateful. Birthdays are just another year and there will be plenty more. ( )
  BrianaFries | Oct 20, 2015 |
Patricia believes that her family has forgotten her birthday. But when her dad suggests a camping trip to Clay Pit Bottoms to take a picture of a legendary monster, there ensues the spookiest and most humorous birthday experience ever! Overall, I would use Some Birthday to introduce students to different terms within the story. Or I would have the students write about their own birthday experiences. ( )
  jwesley | Apr 2, 2015 |
Patricia is upset when she thinks her family forgot her birthday. Her dad goes to work like usual and nobody in her family mentions it. When her dad returns home he decides to take the children out to look for a swamp monster. After a spooky and fun adventure camping, Patricia is surprised with a cake and birthday presents. Unfamiliar terms for children are used in this book. I would use this book to bring these older terms to the students' attention. ( )
  marabie | Oct 12, 2014 |
Polacco's simple story telling style and her unique artistry are ground in tales from her childhood. In this book, the young girl (Patricia) is spending time with her father. A child of divorce reality is not over stated or presented as a terrible thing.

In this tale, she visits her traveling salesman father who lives with her grandmother. There is obvious affection for both. Because it is her birthday, she wants it to be a special day. It appears that her father has forgotten.

At nighttime, her father takes her and her brother on an adventure where they roast hot dogs and hear scary stories of the clay pit monster.

Once again, there is nothing grand about Polacco's stories, but in their simplicity, they elicit warm feelings and smiles. ( )
  Whisper1 | Jul 18, 2014 |
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A Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year

An IRA/CBC Children's Choices Book

A Parents' Choice Awards Picture Honor Book

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On her birthday Dad takes a young girl and her brother to see the Monster at Clay Pit Bottom.

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