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Children love Eric Carle's colorful illustrations and animal characters in <a href="http://bookwizard.scholastic.c... You Want to Be My Friend?</i></a><i>.</i> I do an author study with my class; my students love making painted paper in the style of Eric Carle and having their own book to bring home.
- Do You Want to Be My Friend? by Eric Carle
- Scotch tape
- colored markers
Students will "identify and predict recurring phrases in traditional tales." --Massachusetts English/Language Arts Curriculum Framework
Come up with text for the story. Try to fit in a recurring phrase. You might try the following example: Starting on the page with the mouse asking, "Do you want to be my friend?" Next page: "But horse did not answer. Do you want to be my friend?" Next page: "But bird and alligator did not answer. Do you want to be my friend?" Continue with this pattern.
Have students color the illustrations from the book. Tape the pages end to end, making sure to match the tails with the correct animals. Using an accordion fold, students should fold their books.
Have students create new text to tell the story.