Reference: Sidman, J., Allen, R. (2010). Dark emperor & other poems of the night. New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
Brief Annotation: This story is about creatures that come out at night. On the left side there are beautifully written poems about the particular animal, and on the right side of the page, there is a descriptive paragraph about the creature depicted in the poem. The illustrations are elegant yet bold.
Genre: Poetry and non-fiction
Grade Level: 2nd grade through 5th grade
Readers who would like this book: I think readers who enjoy poetry, as well as animals, would enjoy this book. It is a very light poetry book for beginners in this genre. Children of many ages would enjoy listening to the poems, learning about the individual animals, and look at all the beautiful illustrations.
Rating and Response: I give this book a 4/5. I am not a huge fan of poetry, but I do like animals. I thought the poems were simple, yet enjoyable. I also liked the factual piece about each creature. I also thought the illustrations were nicely done.
Text-Dependent Question: What are some animals depicted in the book?
Strategy: Making Words. Students would make letter cards, choose a word, name the letter card, make words, and share words. The letters and words would be from the book. (p.72).
This strategy would allow students to gain background knowledge on certain words as well as gain confidence in their phonemic awareness/ phonics.
Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: Step by step. New Jersey: Pearson Education Inc.