Animals, Read Your World

If I Had a Gryphon By Vikki VanSickle

Back of Book:
Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are
61BZVrAVyxL._SX495_BO1,204,203,200_

Back of Book:
Sam just got a hamster for a pet. But the hamster is kind of boring … he just eats and sleeps and gets his shavings wet. Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought. Sasquatches are messy, unicorns are shy, hippogriffs scare the dogs at the dog park, and having a fire extinguisher handy at all times makes dragons seem like an awful lot of work. In the end, Sam realizes that her hamster is a pretty sweet and safe pet … or is he?
My Review:
It is not often that I find a picture book that discusses mythological creatures in a way that younger audiences can follow along with. I was very excited to find if I Had A Gryphon, It is a cute story about a young girl who is not happy with her simple hamster. Instead she imagines all the fantastic beasts that she could have instead. I loved all the different animals that this book shares. It describes each creature and teaches readers about what makes them unique. I loved the rhyming it allowed the students to follow along with Sam. A great story to read to begin a writing prompt or a compare and contrast assignment. The illustrations are detailed and give readers a clear picture of what the fantastic beasts look like. This is definitely one of my favorite stories that came from the Scholastic magazine’s this year.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Click Here to Buy on Amazon

 

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s