Sloth Slept On
Author: Frann Preston-Gannon
Published: September 1, 2015 by Sterling
Goodreads Summary: Who’s that sleeping in our tree? When a group of kids finds an animal happily napping in their backyard, they set out to discover what it is and where it belongs. As they search and search—never noticing all the posters and news articles about a sloth that’s broken out of the zoo—they finally discover the identity of the snoozing creature. And when sloth wakes up, it’s in for a BIG surprise! Frann Preston-Gannon has created an endearing, adorable, and huggable title character; a group of intrepid children; and a wildly humorous situation that will appeal to young readers.
Ricki’s Review: The characterization of this text is simply marvelous. I smiled through my entire reading of the book! The sloth’s facial expressions and all of the advertisements that the students miss will make them giggle. This humorous story would be a fantastic read-aloud for classrooms. It provides a good balance between nonfiction and fiction because readers learn about sloths while following an engaging story. I suspect that the sloth will become the favorite animal of many students after they read this book. Reading this book made me want to meet the author/illustrator, Frann Preston-Gannon, because I suspect she is a very entertaining woman!
Kellee’s Review: I really love books that combine fiction and nonfiction because it truly makes reading fun and interesting. This book does a great job of throwing in the factual information within a humorous story. I think it would be so much fun to read this book with students/kids because it would be so easy to make it interactive. I also really loved the illustrations. They are so full of clues and facial expressions and humor and colors. Really made the book even better.
I will say that I do I feel really bad for the sloth though! (You’ll have to read to see why!)
Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: The obvious navigational tool would be to ask students to research about sloths to learn more about the animal and the ways this information connects with the text. Teachers might ask students to research other animals and create similar stories to share. Another idea would be to ask readers why the children in this book miss all of the signs that the sloth is missing, and zookeepers are searching for them. Teachers might ask students to consider the ways they might miss blatant signs around them.
Discussion Questions: How does the author infuse information about sloths within the fictional story line? What did you learn from the story?; Why do the children miss information about the sloth? How might the story be different if they saw the signs?; How does the story end? Can you think of alternate endings?
Read This If You Loved: Sparky by Jenny Offill, “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly” Said the Sloth by Eric Carle, Dinosaur Farm by Frann Preston Gannon
**Thank you to Lauren at Sterling for providing copies for review and giveaway!**