Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Toys Go Out Discussion Questions

After reading Toys Go Out, answer the following discussion questions:
1. Why are the toys left in?
2. Do you have a favorite toy now or did you when you were younger? Why is (was) it your favorite?
3. Lumphy would rather be warned about something that he won't like. Would you? Why or why not?
4. Do you think the Little Girls love one toy over the others? Why or why not?
5. As you saw with the toys, sometimes it is difficult to find the "right" birthday present. What was the best birthday present that you have ever received? What was the best birthday present you have ever given?
6. Stingray and his friends discuss what it means to be grown-up in chapter 6. What do you think it means to be grown-up?
If you liked Toys Go Out, try its sequel: Toy Dance Party by Emily Jenkins

Sea of Monsters Discussion Questions

After you have read The Sea of Monsters, answer the following discussion questions:
1. Why does Percy ahve to change schools every year?
2. Why is Percy willing to risk everything to rescue Grover? Would you do the same for a friend?
3. What do the Sirens reveal about a person? What do you think that they would reveal about you?
4. What mythical creature described in this book would you least like to meet in person?
5. Which of the tools described would you most like to have?
If you would like to read the rest of the series, try:
1. The Lightning Thief
3. The Titan's Curse
4. The Battle of the Labyrinth
5. The Last Olympian

Ida B Discussion Questions

After you have read Ida B., answer the following discussion questions:
1. Why does Ida B go "talk" with the old tree when the young trees in her family's apple orchard tell her that hard times are headed her way?
2. Why does Ida B feel so upset that Ms. Myers, her kindergarten teacher, wants her to go by the name Ida instead of Ida B?
3. Ida B's teacher, Ms. Washington, wisely doesn't push Ida B to make friends or join games at recess. How does she finally break through Ida B's cold heart?
4. After Ida B makes her rounds and apologies to all those she had hurt by being mean, her attitude changes. Do Ida B's actions change as a result of her softer heart?
5. What do you imagine will happen to Ida B after the last chapter? Will she make friends?

Beezus and Ramona Discussion Questions

After you have read Beezus and Ramona, answer the following discussion questions:

1. Ramona's favorite book is The Littlest Steam Shovel. What is your favorite book?

2. What does your family mean to you? Does anyone in your family ever annoy you?

3. Which do you think is better-being the younger sister or the older sister (or brother)? Why?

4. Ramona invites a lot of children to a party withouut asking her mom's permission because she says, "When I ask you won't let me do things." Is this a good reason? What do you think of the party that Mrs. Quimby and Beezus put together?

5. Beezus envies Ramona for her imagi9nation. How does Miss Robbins discourage beezus at first? How does she later help Beezus develop her imagination?

6. When Mother and Aunt Beatrice tell what they did to each other, Beezus realizes she'll look back and find things Ramona and she did to each other funny, too. What do you think they'll laugh about when they grow up?

For more adventures of Beezus and Ramona, try:
2. Ramona the Pest
3. Ramona the Brave
4. Ramona and Her Father
5. Ramona and Her Mother
6. Ramona Quimby, Age 8
7. Ramona Forever
8. Ramona's World