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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs by Judi…

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (1978)

by Judi Barrett

Other authors: Ron Barrett (Illustrator)

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Series: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1)

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This is a fun book to read! It is about a far off place called "Chewandswallow". This town is like none other. They live like any other town except that they do not have grocery stores or places to buy food. This is because the food falls from the sky! Everyday in this town, it would feed the people their three meals. It would rain juice, milk, and soda. The sky would open up and spaghetti would fall down. Until one day, the portions got bigger and the city couldn't keep it maintained. After a while, it was chaos, food everywhere. So the people of the town decided to leave. They made transportation out of the large food and set sail for new land. They got there safely, but had to learn how to shop and make their own food.

Personal Reflection:
This story was so much fun to read. I love how the book starts with the grandpa making breakfast and flipping the pancake on the child's head. For a young child reading this it is full of wonder on the amazing feature of this town. The older children reading this, some see world problem solving.

Class Extension:
1. I would have the class write about an imaginary place they make up.
2. I can teach the students about meteorology. How is weather predicted? What makes rain?
3. We can take a walk outside to the playground area and look at the sky. We can discuss what we see, shapes, objects, people in the clouds. ( )
  Amahoney1114 | Oct 16, 2016 |
I loved this book because the illustrations were very interesting. This book is about a special town called "Chewandswallow" and how their weather is different from normal types of weather. For example, the text states, "The menu varied. By the time they woke up in the morning, breakfast was coming down. After a brief shower of orange juice, low clouds of sunny-side up eggs moved in followed by pieces of toast. Butter and jelly sprinkled down for the toast. And most of the tim sit rained milk afterwards." The illustration matched perfectly with the text. There was a tree with eggs, toast, and jelly, with rain drops of orange juice. Towards the end of the book the weather took a turn for the worst. The food became way too big and unappetizing and the people had to move away from Chewandswallow. The big idea behind this book is that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. ( )
  breannaamos | Oct 12, 2016 |
The town of Chewandswallow is like none other. The citizen’s don’t go grocery shopping for their meals, they just walk out the door and catch a meal from the skies. From meatballs to frankfurters, the sky provides all the food the townspeople might need That is, until there is too much of a good thing. Suddenly, the sky rains down with massive pancakes. Schools shut down, streets become polluted. The townspeople must flee the town for their own safety, leaving the world of Chewandswallow behind.

Personal reaction:
This story is whimsical and fun. Every kid loves food and most love splashing in puddles. What better than splashing in streams of soda? The story-telling approach Barrett uses gives readers a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, Chewandswallow might have been real.

Classroom extensions:
1. In the book, the size of the food keeps getting bigger and bigger! Using a simple recipe that involves fractions, have students double and triple the ingredient list.
2. In the story, the people of Chewandswallow leave on rafts made of stale bread. Giving students bins of recyclables, ask each group to hypothesize which items will float and which will not. Afterward, give the groups shallow bins of water so they can test their theories. ( )
  CaitlinHendy | Oct 6, 2016 |
Summary: This is a cute book about a normal town that catches their food as it falls from the sky.
Critique: I enjoyed this book, I think the idea behind it along with the illustrations is great.
Prompt: When teaching, this book could be used for summarizing and analyzing the illustrations.
  hallorand | Oct 1, 2016 |
This is one of my favorite books. I read it as a child and a still love hearing this story along with reading it to my students. I love the funny town names and the interesting "rain" storms that bring food to the town. This book gets your imagination and creativity running wild! The illustrations are done brilliantly. Overall, this book is a fun and exciting read.
  TaylorAtkinson | Sep 29, 2016 |
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We were all sitting around the big kitchen table.
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"Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs" is a story that allows children to use their imagination. In a town one day, food is falling from the sky. Sounds like heaven, no? Well, while others may enjoy the free falling food, not every one is so happy. To see how the town reacts to this phenomenon and what food exactly falls from the sky, children must read and find out.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689707495, Paperback)

If food dropped like rain from the sky, wouldn't it be marvelous! Or would it? It could, after all, be messy. And you'd have no choice. What if you didn't like what fell? Or what if too much came? Have you ever thought of what it might be like to be squashed flat by a pancake?

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Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers--until the weather takes a turn for the worse.

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