Title: I Love My New Toy

Reference: Willems, M. (2008). I Love My New Toy. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for Children.

Brief annotation: Piggie and Elephant play with Piggie’s new toy until Elephant breaks it on accident. Piggie is very upset and Elephant feels very guilty until someone comes and shows them that the toy is meant to fall apart which means that it is really not broken. After this, they feel better and begin to play with the toy again.

Genre: Humorous Fiction

Grade level: 1.5

Interest level: Students in grades PreK-3 would be interested in this book.

Personal response: This book illustrates the importance of sharing and apologizing. It also teaches that things are not always as they seem.

Text-dependent question: Who realizes that the toy is not actually broken?