Title: Hungry Johnny by Cheryl Minnema and illustrated by Wesley Ballinger

APA Citation: Minnema, C., & Ballinger, W. (2014). Hungry Johnny. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Short Annotation: Johnny is hungry but his grandma won’t let him eat because the food was for the community feast. When they got there, Johnny was excited to eat but Grandma said that the elders had to go first. Once the elders were finished and it was time for Johnny to eat, there were only leftovers. But a woman placed sweet rolls for Johnny and the others. Before eating, he saw his grandma’s friend, Katherine, and invited her to sit in his seat. Then he ate.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: 1-3

Intended Audience: This book is great for children grades 1-3. I did not put K because it might be a little too long and complicated to understand. But it was a nice little book.

Personal rating: 6/10, I thought this book was alright. There was nothing mentioned about Native Americans, but the characters were Native American. It does kind of teach students about the Native culture and how the elders eat first and some Native words, but I still feel like it was only okay.

Text-Dependent Question: “What was grandma stirring in the kettle?”

 

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