Guyku : A Year of Haiku for Boys Written by Bob Raczka Illustrated by  Peter H. Reynolds

Bibliographic Information:  Raczka, B., & Reynolds, P. H. (2010). Guyku: A year of haiku for boys. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

Annotation:  As a little boy discovers the outdoors, he goes through the seasons, with a Haiku poem representing every activity.  This books starts with spring and ends with winter and through out the seasons, different activities are represented throughout Haiku poems.

Genre:  Poetry, Fiction

Grade Level:  Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

Interested Readers:  Students who are interested in the outdoors, seasons and Haiku poems could be interested in this book.

Personal Response and Rating:  Overall, I enjoyed this book.  I enjoyed how it was a book that included the seasons, while also including Haiku poems.  It was also very easy read and a book that could be a great book to begin poetry with.  I would give this book a 4.5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  In the Fall, who was hiding underneath the leaf pile giggling?

Reading Strategy:

a.)     Quickwrite Strategy from Gail Tompkins (Strategy #33)

b.)     Quickwrite Strategy is a strategy where a prompt is given to the students, for the students to explore the topic and respond to the prompt or question.  This strategy works on writing and comprehension.

c.)     This strategy could be used for students in the 2nd grade or older with regards to this book.  As the teacher, I would give a quick write after reading this book together so they can work on comprehending and writing.  Some examples could be, “What did the narrator do in each season and have you ever completed similar activities.”  I could also have students write Haiku poems on each season based on things they have done.  Overall, I think this strategy would be a good teaching tool for the students to comprehend what they read, make connections and work on writing.

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