Title: this ORQ (he cave boy.)
Written by: David Elliott
Illustrated by: Lori Nichols
Published by: Boyds Mills Press, 2014
Themes/Topics: pets, cave boys, cave moms, wooly mammoths
Suitable for ages: preschoolers
He live in cave.
He carry club.
He cave boy.
Orq, he cave boy. Orq love Woma, his wooly mammoth. Cave mom says, Woma shed, smell and not house trained. Poo! Woma has to leave. Woma sad. Orq sad. Orq big idea – teach Woma tricks then Cave mom welcome Woma. Woops 🙁 Orq play big hunter til meet saber tooth. Arrgh, What make saber tooth reconsider lunch?
Why I like This Book:
I am a sucker for pet and caveman stories and kids will be clamoring for a wooly mammoth pet after this succinct story. It is funny and charming and I don’t think preschoolers will have any problem with the cave boy language at all. Lori Nichols’ illustrations are delightful. Rendered in pencil and colored digitally, the depth, detail and humor of each spread makes the simple text shine. I adore the stone age birds illustrated throughout this story!
- The story is very similar to ME WANT PET written by Tami Sauer and illustrated by Bob Shea, both in terms of plot and language. I would read both and do a discussion of similarities and differences.
- Research online or in picture books, stone age animals and have kids choose and paint which one they would want as a pet.
- Check out the video trailer here.
- Teachers, librarians, booksellers & parents, there is a story hour activity kit with lots of good ideas as well as a pattern to make your own woolly mammoth out of a brown paper bag. Check it out here at Curious CIty
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