by Jerry Pallotta
illustrated by David Biedrzycki
Jerry Pallotta's Dory Story is a great book to use when teaching about the oceanic food chain. It is indeed a story about a dory (a small boat) and a boy who goes against his parents' admonitions and rows out into the bay all alone so that he can see some ocean life firsthand.
in first person, the little boy narrates what he sees--an oceanic food
chain in action. If you're teaching about food chains and food webs, Dory Story could be a fun supplemental book. As this is a story, the subject is not taught directly, but we like reading it aloud during story time on a day that we are teaching about food webs in order to help deepen what we have just taught that day during science.
An International Reading Association Children's Choices Selection!
Interest Level: K-Gr. 2 DRA Level: 25 Lexile: 500L
Grade Level Equiv: 3.3 Guided Reading: M
are a few sample spreads to give you an idea of Biedrzycki's vibrantly
colored, luminous illustrations and also give you an idea of the
amount of text. The first sample spread occurs early in
the book. It reads: "My mom and dad always
told me, 'You're just a kid,
so don't ever go out in the boat alone!' But one night I learned about
plankton. These tiny sea creatures are invisible during the day, but
sometimes, after dark, they light up. I wanted to learn more."
In the second spread below, the boy is rowing toward the big rock and sees a school of sand eels (also called sand lances) eating some shrimp.
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