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Let's Talk about Books! Linky


Hey y'all!  I love books!  I hope you'll join me every Tuesday as I share a new book with you.
Hopefully I will pick some that you've never heard of before.  :)
I recently purchased this book and read it to my grandbabies who are 5 and 7 and they both LOVED it.  You know a book is a hit when they ask you to read it again and again!

Give Up, Gecko!  is a Folktale from Uganda that is retold by Margaret Read MacDonald
Y'all this is the PERFECT book to add to your back to school collection because it has so many great character lessons embedded in the story.  Teamwork and Perseverance!
Sorry, I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let me tell you about the story.

The animals spent days and days waiting for rain and they are so thirsty!
They decided that they would have to take matters into their own hands and dig for water.
So the largest animals took turns digging.
(this is also a great book to get them moving a little because the refrain is repetitive and fun)
"Elephant! Elephant!
Heavy! Heavy! Heavy!
Elephant!  Elephant!
STOMP! STOMP! STOMP!
No water here.  I give up."


One by one the big animals try and one by one they all give up.


So the middle sized animals try and one by one they all give up.


When gecko decides to give it a try the other animals laugh at him and ell him he should give up.
But gecko refuses to give up and he keeps on trying.


He stomps for an hour, two hours, three hours,
Then, suddenly....


I just love the illustrations in this book.  
After reading.  it came up to his little neck it would be a great time to talk about how the illustrations play an important role in the story.  "Look at the expressions on gecko's face.  What do you think gecko is thinking?  What do you think he will do next?"



at the end gecko is a hero because he persevered and didn't give up!

 

I wrote a little poem (and by little I mean Short!)
to go along with the story and a writing activity.
This would make a great class book or bulletin board at the
beginning of the year.

You can click on the image below to download it.



example....


The HARDCOVER edition of this book is only $10.19
If you are interested in purchasing it please use the link below.



Alright, friends!  Your turn!  Please share a book that you like.
P.S. Freebies aren't a requirement and I won't always include them.
This is just a fun, stress free way to introduce each other to books that we love!







45 comments:

  1. What a great idea! I will be linking up!

    Barbara

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    1. HI Barbara, Thanks so much! I can't wait to check out your book!

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  2. How precious! I'm adding it to my Amazon list right now! Thanks so much for the freebies! Love this linky!!
    Laura

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  3. Thanks for highlighting this book! Margaret Read MacDonald is a storyteller first and foremost, and all of her books are great. If you want to do storytelling in your classroom she has some great books written just about that. Thanks for the great linky-- hope I find some minutes to link up... I'm in my last. two. weeks. of. school... :P Kathleen at Kidpeople Classroom

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    1. You are so right! She is one of my favorites!!

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  4. Very cute book! I'm looking forward to linking up next Tuesday :)

    Zoe
    Oh-the-Little-Wonders

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    1. Zoe, Yay! I can't wait to see which book you choose. :)

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  5. Thanks, Deanna, for highlighting this delightful tale! I'm looking forward to using it with my firsties in the fall! I am very excited about this linky and already looking forward to next Tuesday!
    Lisa

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    1. Lisa, I'm so glad! Thanks so much for visiting my blog! :)

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  6. I love this book already, I've got to get it!! Now......off to the bookstore to find a cool book to share next week!!!

    Angela

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    1. Angela, So glad you like it!! I can't wait to see which book you share. :)

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  7. I hadn't heard this one before! I am adding it to my list. Thanks for the great linky!

    Linda
    Down the Learning Road

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    1. Linda, I'm so glad that I introduced you to a new book! Mission accomplished. :) Have a great summer!

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  8. Thanks so much for the Linky, this is a GREAT post! I hope you don't mind a little old music teacher linking up, I use books a lot in my classes!

    Thanks!
    Amy Abbott
    Music a la Abbott

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    1. Amy, Love it! Music and books go perfectly together! :)

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  9. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for hosting such an amazing linky!!!! I am over the moon thrilled to join! I have my notebook ready to write down all the amazing books I know will be share! Give Up Gecko is on the top of my list. I love using The Mixed Up Chameleon when teaching my all about me unit and this will go nicely! Thank you again!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much for the sweet comment. I'm glad you are as excited about books as I am. Love the idea of pairing this book with the Mixed up Chameleon. :)

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  10. What a fun book to teach an important concept! The idea of not giving up is so important for kids to learn. It makes them better learners!!

    Tara
    The Math Maniac

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    1. Tara, Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I'm so glad you like the book! :)

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  11. LOVE this idea! I just linked up!

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  12. Love this book! As a music teacher, I'm excited to use the chant to practice quarter rest (and to teach about teamwork!) Thanks for sharing, and for hosting the linky...I'm going to link up soon. :)

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    1. Thanks so much! I can't wait to see which book you share. :)

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  13. What a cute, cute book! I have always loved doing folktales with the kiddos! This is a great linky, one I will enjoy.

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  14. "Give Up, Gecko!" sounds like a book my grandkids will love, too (2, 4, & 6, and big fans of stomping!). Thanks so much for introducing us to it!
    What a great idea for a linky! I just added my link - thanks so much!
    Linda

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  15. I will play the part of the "dinosaur" in the room :) I have one book that is always near to my heart, so that is the one I shared. Love Give Up Gecko! Such a great beginning of the year book...lovely patterns. Thank you for hosting the linky! I see so many great books already!
    Maggie

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  16. What a cute story. I have popped over from Doodlebugs blog.
    Can't wait to see what is next.
    I love kids books as my work closet at home can attest to.
    My kids st school use a lot of them.

    M : )

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  17. Thank you so much for this link- up! I can never resist talking about books and I can't wait to find some new ones to add to my ever-growing bookshelf!

    Love to Learn

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  18. Another fun linky! Thanks Deanna! I will be linking up!

    :) Shelley
    The Write Stuff Teaching

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  19. This is so fun, and I'm taking notes too! Thanks for starting this Deanna!

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  20. I love book linkys! My wallet doesn't, but I do. And I supose Amazon.com also loves them too... ;)
    ~Heather
    The Meek Moose

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  21. It would be great if folks who link up feature the cover the book as their picture in the Linky.

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  22. Such a cute book Deanna! Thank you. My friend in preschool would especially love this link up! :)

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  23. I love books!!! I have so many children's books I created a database to keep up with them. I knew I had a lot, but was shocked to find that I had more than 2000 (maybe I need an intervention). My husband thinks I'm nuts. My motto is I spend my money on books and then if I have any money left I but food. And I have just added several to my wishlist.

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  24. My class' attention span can be quite short, so I will only read "five star" books or the kids start to lose focus. This linky will be great for introducing me to some great, new titles. I'll be excited to share my no fail winners, as well. I posted my first one today! Thanks for setting this up, Deanna! (By the way, your pool looks awesome. Have fun floating this summer!) Corinne, Teach Easy Resources

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  25. Now this blog linky is right up my alley! I LOVE books and will definitely link up next Tuesday! Great idea! :)
    (www.thepurpleteacher.blogspot.ca)

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  26. I am always looking for folktales to add to our classroom collection! Love the character lessons within the text as well. I will put it on my list! My amazonPrime will be getting quite the workout this summer! Thanks for sharing...

    All the best--
    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

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  27. One of my favorites is "The Story about Ping."

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  30. Hi Deanna! I LOVE the book linky! I love to see what's out there for AWESOME books. One of my new favorites is The Invisible String by Patrice Karst. A good beginning of school year book!

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  31. I think my all time favorite children's book is Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! My first graders love, love, love pigeon! I love the ay I can use the book to teach speech bubbles!

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  32. My favorite has to be Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes :).

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