Arnie the Doughnut

 Arnie the Doughnut
by Laurie Keller

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Arnie the doughnut is so proud to be a doughnut and excited for all that must await him once he is chosen by a customer. Little does he know... donuts are made to be EATEN! When he finds this out, he is shocked
and mortified, and will do anything to convince the man who purchased
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him, Mr. Bing, to spare his life. Together, the two of them try to come up
with something else Arnie could do other than be Mr. Bing's treat. The options they come up with are hilariously improbable, and the two are just about to give up when they stumble on the perfect solution--one that saves Arnie's life and leads to many happy times together.  

As in her other books, Keller's pages are brightly colored and packed with funny little creatures spouting funny little puns and comments. This book makes for a fantastic read aloud, but be prepared for the students to plead for you to stop at each page and read
the funny little comments. (Don't worry--they are so cute and funny, you'll want to!)  Put this book in your class library so they can pour over it individually.

Arnie the Doughnut

Reading Stats:
Interest Level:  K-Gr. 3       DRA Level: 40
Reading Level: age 4-8       Lexile Meas: n/a

Fun for:  teaching creative problem solving

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Arnie the Donut

Related Lessons & Activities

Although the solutions they come up with are silly, Arnie and Mr. Bing are very creative in their efforts to solve their problem. Point out that both Arnie and Mr. Bing threw out a lot of suggestions, even very silly ones, before they finally stumbled across a creative solution that worked for both of them. That's part of the process of creative problem solving!  

Lesson Idea: Visualizing Activity with Arnie the Donut
The suggestions that Arnie and Mr. Bing come up with for Arnie to do instead of being eaten are both hilarious and perfect for an exercise in visualization. In certain parts (mainly with the suggestions on what Arnie can do), have the kids close their eyes and "make a picture in their minds."  Ask students to describe what they are picturing after every few options.

Activity Idea: "My Day with Arnie the Doughnut Dog"
Arnie the DoughnutGive the kids each a mini-book (blank paper stapled together) and have them draw and write the story "My Day with Arnie the Doughnut Dog."  Remind them that stories have beginnings, middles, and ends (and maybe even have them use a 3 column graphic organizer to lay out their story before making the book). Talk about possible beginnings ("On my day with Arnie we went to the circus.") and possible endings ("We had a great time at the circus.") Then set them loose and wait for the cute and creative results.

Website Activities: From Laurie Heller's website
Laurie Heller's website suggests the following activitie. Fun stuff!!  To learn more, click here.

Peek Inside:
Below are some spreads from inside this book, and you can see that they feature the central story in larger font plus comments and funny blurbs in a small font scattered throughout the page. The result is a fun and kid-friendly illustration style. Your class/children will LOVE this book!

Arnie the Doughnut

Arnie the Doughnut

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