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Picture Book Discussion Questions

Look at the cover of the book and make predictions: what do you think this story will be about? Why?

Summarize the story in your own words; retell it to a friend.

Describe your favorite character (s). Which animal was most like you in personality?

What are your favorite parts of the story?

What point of view does the author use? How would the story sound in first person from the perspective of each main character?

Writing Prompts

Can you think of a different setting for the book? (hint: try using snow!) How does this change affect the story and characters?

Can you think of a different ending (or beginning) for the book? How did this change affect other parts of the story?

FREEBIE: Word Search & Help the Mouse Out

Use SDD in your related lesson plans on Animal Habitats

Useful Resources

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado

Algodones Dunes, California-Arizona

Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah

Check out the Mission Gardens’ school curriculum too!