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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems

Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed (original 2009; edition 2009)

by Mo Willems, Mo Willems (Illustrator)

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Title:Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed
Authors:Mo Willems
Other authors:Mo Willems (Illustrator)
Info:Hyperion Book CH (2009)
Collections:Your library
Tags:Naked mole rats, Wilbur, clothes, outsider, Grand-pah, acceptance

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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems (2009)



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As a future teacher, I would use this book in the beginning of the school year in a kindergarten to 2nd grade classroom to remind students to be themselves when in the classroom. In the story, the naked mole rat, Wilbur, is unlike the other naked mole rats he knows because he wears clothes. He wears suits and pants and even hats. Because he wears clothes however he is worried about what the head of the colony, Grandpah will think. However, Grandpah mole rat is not upset when he finds out and even joins in on wearing clothes to show support as acceptance of Wilbur’s individuality. Students need to understand that it is ok to look different than their classmates and even act in different ways because they are all unique and should avoid becoming a follower. Overall, I enjoyed this book because the illustrations told the story. If the words were taken away the reader would only see Wilbur trying on different clothes with a contemplating expression and thought bubbles that show Wilbur is thinking about how he would be portrayed in each article of clothing. At the end of the story we are introduced to Grandpah, the head of the colony who sees Wilbur’s scared expression because he thinks he is about to be judged before Grandpah returns to Wilbur fully dressed with approval on his face. ( )
  kkamin5 | Feb 9, 2016 |
Narrated by Trixie, Mo, and Cher Willems. Naked mole rats are just that: naked. Wilbur, however, upsets the social order by wearing clothes because he enjoys it. The mole rats take the problem to Grand-pah. After thinking on the issue Grand-pah, attired in a suit, issues a proclamation saying clothes are harmless. At story’s end, some mole rats are naked, some are dressed and all are having a great time. Jazzy, fun music; humorous voicing (Trixie sounds naturally childlike, not like a cartoon kid); and quirky sound effects come together for a fun listening package. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
What I got from this book was "Don't afraid to be different!" So far loving every single one of Mo's books and I found yet another pigeon on a t-shirt at the very end! This is getting interesting. ( )
  kesteves | Nov 3, 2015 |
The book begins with the narrator speaking to the audience, making sure they know there are a lot of fascinating things about naked mole rats, but the three that pertain to the book are: "they are a little bit rat, they are a little bit mole, [and] they are all naked." Except for one naked mole rat named Wilbur, who likes to wear clothes. But the other naked mole rats do not approve, attempting to convince him it is wrong by sneering remarks, and even bringing him to the portrait of Grand - pah, the oldest of their kind. Wilbur still questions this, for he likes clothing. It is when Grand - pah announces that he too likes clothing, that those of the naked mole rats who wanted to wear clothing, did, and those who wanted to stay naked, did as well. ( )
  candyceutter | Oct 16, 2015 |
Naked mole rats are meant to be naked, but Wilbur doesn’t think so. He likes to wear clothes! When the old and wise Grandpah naked mole rat discovers Wilbur’s secret, he thinks its genius! This is a story of one naked mole rat that broke his community’s social norms. It goes to show that one does not always have to follow what is normal in their culture. The use of this story in an elementary classroom would be helpful to teach students that it’s okay to be different and to accept others for who they are. Mo Willems’ colorful and cute illustrations of naked mole rats are a great partner to this fun, inspiring story. ( )
  k.hostetler11 | Oct 5, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 142311437X, Hardcover)

Wilbur is different from the other Naked Mole Rats in his Colony, because he wears clothes (and he likes it!).   But what will happen when Grandpah, the oldest, wisest, and most naked Naked Mole Rat ever discovers Wilbur’s secret?

Funnyman and three-time Caldecott Honoree Mo Willems exposes the naked truth about being yourself and wearing it well.

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Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his prounouncement.

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