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dePaola, Tomie
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1999
IL 3-6  RL 4.8
ISBN 039923246X

(6 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Do you remember moving into a new house when you were little?  Do you remember how you felt about moving from your familiar surroundings into a brand new home in a brand new neighborhood?  Children's author Tomie dePaola certainly does.  He tells the story of his family building a brand new house.  There are many obstacles to overcome along the way, including the Hurricane of 1938 that almost took the half finished house.  Through it all, young Tomie and his family are determined to move into the house at 26 FAIRMOUNT AVENUE.

Booktalk #2

I would start with questions to peak the students interest. Have your parents ever built a home together?  Did everything go smoothly all of the time?  What kinds of things happened while they were building?

26 Fairmount Avenue is a short story describing the year the authors family built a home in Connecticut in 1938.  Several disasters occurred like a hurricane, a brush fire, and a flood.  You will meet his family and friends and funny characters like Nana Upstairs his grandmother.  To see if his parents home gets built you need to read 26 Fairmount Avenue by Tomie DePaola.

The book is charming and funny and includes holidays and events that lead up to the final moving day. (Karen Womack, graduate student,  <> )

Booktalk #3

This chapter book deals with the excitement of moving into a new house and the trials and happiness that it involves.  From the author's viewpoint, building a new house is an exciting part of life.  Set in the late 1930's, the book brings out the culture of that era while telling the story about the DePaola family, from viewing the new Disney film to how families interacted with each other to everyday life, like going to school or celebrating holidays.  Humor makes this book interesting and the history is explained in plain terms for the reader to understand and  appreciate.  ("Naomi Bates" <>)

Booktalk #4

First, I would show illustrations of a house being built and ask children what they think would be the first thing to be built and why.  Secondly, I would ask anybody if they had ever moved into a new house and remembered what was going on during that time.  I would ask participants to tell me how they felt about moving.  Then I would ask them to tell me how they would feel moving into a new house and neighborhood.  What emotions would they feel?  How would they help their parents?  An introduction to the book and how the author shows all the aspects of moving with then follow.  ("Naomi Bates" <>)

Booktalk #5

This past school year, the 2nd grade students were really into Tomie DePaola books.  If I were doing a booktalk to them, I would start by showing them a few of his books that they've likely read.  I would ask some questions.  How old do you think Tomie DePaola is?  Do you think that Tomie DePaola was ever a young child like you?  What sorts of things do you think he did when he was young?  Do you think he did the same things that you do?  In 26 Fairmount Avenue, Tomie DePaola writes about when he was a little boy living in Connecticut.  He tells all sorts of funny stories about his grandparents, starting kindergarten, going to the movies to see Snow White, and also about the big hurricane that hit his town.  Tomie is very excited about moving into their new house on 26 Fairmount Avenue, but all sorts of things happen that keep them from moving in, like the big hurricane.  If you want to find out if Tomie ever moves into their new house, and read all of the other stories in this book, read 26 Fairmount Avenue.  (Gloria Sanchez

Booktalk #6

Did you know that in the real Snow White Story the Evil queen had to wear red hot shoes and danced herself to death? Well, author-illustrator Tomie de Paola knew this when he was only five years old. So when his mother took him to see the movie, Snow White, he screamed to the entire movie audience that Mr. Walt Disney had not read the book! 26 Fairmount Avenue is the first installment of an autobiography written by Tomie de Paola about the year when he was between five and six years old. This is the year the big hurricane blew into town and the year his family built their new house on Fairmount Avenue. Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs, Tom and all the characters that have appeared in so many of Tomie de Paola's other books can be found in this very funny story. The author won a Newbery Honor Medal for this book.  (Jeannie Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards)

SUBJECTS:     Meriden (Conn.) -- Biography
                        De Paola, Tomie -- Childhood and youth
                        Authors, American


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