I am using Evan Moors Literature Pockets Caldecott Winners, Grades 1-3
with Ian (3rd) and Kaleb (1st).
Here are some of our projects from Owl Moon by Jane Yolen.
Ian loved this book. It has beautiful illustrations and the story is very poetic and descriptive.
To extend the book a bit we did look up some owl photos and sounds on the internet, but did not take it any further than that. You could do a whole Owl unit branching out from this book. I try not to get carried away sometimes.
We focused on the story elements and the art of the illustrations. This book contains a great deal of simile, which we had a discussion on. My favorite was "...and the snow below it was whiter than the milk in a cereal bowl." The illustrations are amazing, you feel like you are there in the cold woods with them. My favorite illustration was when the Dad shines the flashlight on the owl they have found.
This is the picture Oliver (4) painted while sitting by us.
These are Kaleb and Ian's Owl Moon style illustrations.
These are their owl drawings.