Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Creepy Carrots! Day 2 of 31 Days of Halloween!

This book is just creepy enough for early in the month. Not too scary, but if you get the audio version, you get some Twilight Zone type music to shiver along with.

It's a Caldecott Honor-winning story about a little rabbit named Jasper who helps himself to carrots every chance he gets....from the nearby field of carrots. Jasper is very greedy. After a while, he starts getting the creepy feeling that he is being followed. Thunk, thunk...carrots are after him! 

Are there really carrots after him...or is it just his imagination? In the classroom, this opens the door to some interesting self-to-text connections. Students can write about a time that they were terrified about the monster in the closet, or the one lying in wait under their bed. For fun, students can cut out carrot "monsters" and display them popping out of hidden places all over the room...the creepier, the better!

Another idea would be to let the students write about anything that they have ever been afraid of in the past (in my case, that would have been dogs.) Have them draw their fear as a monster before they write about it. What made their monster so scary? How did they get rid of their monster? In my case, I got a dog of my own at the age of 39! Something good to share with another scardy-cat! 

Wondering what happens to our little friend Jasper Rabbit? You'll just have to read the book to find out!

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