Giddyup, Buster

January 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp by Denise Fleming; published by Henry Holt and Company, New York; 2008.

Knowing how Fleming creates her art was almost a distraction for me in this book.  I especially liked the blue bandanna printed end pages!  But the story was charming and presented many opportunities to teach students some information literacy skills. Like One Boy, this book works on many levels.

Fleming uses a form of chapters that could be pointed out to early elementary aged children to teach them about organization of a book.  A map of Buster’s camp is also included and children could use it to follow along with Buster’s adventures at Cowboy Camp.

In addition to these information literacy lessons, I would use this book in a kit about summer camp.  Perhaps the most fun use of this book would be to create a program based on Buster’s experiences at camp—the games, food, and so on.  The program could be at the library or done as a collaboration between the library and schools or day care centers.


Entry filed under: "Early" Chapter Book, ALSC Notable Winner, Picture Book. Tags: , , , , , .

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