Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara and Mark Fearing


The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

McNamara, Margaret and Fearing, Mark.  New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2011.  9780375866890

Quantitative Reading Level: Reading Level 2.1

Qualitative Reading Analysis:

I would rate this as Middle Low on the “Text Complexity: Qualitative Measures Rubric for Literary Text”.  This is a fairly simple text but readers should be familiar with the original “Three Little Pigs”.  It would also be helpful for readers to recognize the planets because that certainly adds to the experience of the book.

In this version of “The Three Little Pigs” the three little aliens set off from their home on Mercury to make their way in the “worlds”.  Their mother warns them to watch out for the Big, Bad Robot.  They pass by Venus and Earth and then Bork settles on Mars in a rover.  Gork and Nklxwcyz pass by Jupiter and then Gork settles on outside of Saturn on a satellite.  Nklxwcyz finally settles on Neptune.  Of course, the Big, Bad Robot comes after the three little aliens one by one but Nklxwcyz is prepared and they defeat the robot.

Content Area: Reading/ELA

Content area standard:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.9 Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.

Curriculum Suggestions:
Compare and contrast this version of “The Three Little Pigs” with other versions.

Personal Thoughts:
This was a very fun version of the “Three Little Pigs”.  I like how the author and illustrator incorporated planets in our solar system.  

High Interest Annotation: The three little pigs in our Solar System.

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