Thursday, December 22, 2011

Nothing Like A Puffin

Nothing Like A Puffin
by Sue Soltis
illustrated by Bob Kolar
Candlewick Press, 2011
review copy provided by the publisher

This is a very fun book!

It starts off being a book about the things a puffin is NOT like: a ladder and a house. But then we come to the newspaper, and

"A newspaper, to be sure, is nothing like a puffin. A newspaper is shaped like a rectangle and made out of paper. A newspaper has pages. It's black and white. But wait -- a puffin is black and white, too! What are the chances? 

A newspaper is something like a puffin, after all."

After the newspaper come things that a puffin is more and more like, until we get to a penguin, which is very much like a puffin...but not quite. In the end, "There's nothing like a puffin!"

The illustrations have their own story line, so the book begs to be read more than once to enjoy all the details. 

And this is a book that also begs to be used as a mentor text. Wouldn't it be fun to pick an animal or an item, find a few things that it is NOTHING like, then several things that it is SORT OF like, and finally one thing it is A LOT alike, and write with the same pattern? Yes, I thought so. We'll be doing this in our writing workshop after the first of the year!


  1. What a great concept! I need to find Nothing Like a Puffin. Thank you for reviewing this book and for the classroom applications. Happy Holidays!

  2. I think this is a book that is begging me to purchase it. How adorable and I love the concept.

  3. This looks great for all ages, Mary Lee. It reminds me of the way I use The Important Book, to get students thinking about attributes of something, and their own opinion too. Thanks for telling about it! And Happy Holidays!

  4. Sounds like one I need to run out and buy today (even though we have a foot of snow and more coming!)


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