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Connections to Harcourt Trophies Reading/Language Arts Program

Theme One: You Can Do It!
  • Story: The Gardener, written by Sarah Stewart, pictures by David Small
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Themes: Rooftops, children solving problems, families
  • Story: Donavan’s Word Jar, written by Monalisa DeGross, illustrated by Cheryl Hanna
    Art Concept: Art museums
    Common Theme: Collecting
  • Story: My Name Is María Isabel, written by Alma Flor Ada, illustrated by K. Dyble Thompson, translated from the Spanish by Ana M. Cerro
    Image Resource: Jerusalem Stabile by Alexander Calder
    Common Theme: Jerusalem
  • Story: Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan, pictures by Brian Selznick
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Theme: Flying at night

Theme Two: Side by Side
  • Story: The Baker’s Neighbor, adapted by Adele Thane
    Image Resource: Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku by Ōgi Rodō
    Common Theme: Enjoyment of simple things
  • Story: The Emperor and the Kite, written by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Ed Young
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Themes: Families, children solving problems
  • Story: Nights of the Pufflings, written and photo-illustrated by Bruce McMillan
    Image Resource: Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
    Common Theme: Animals
  • Story: The Garden of Happiness, written by Erika Tamar, illustrated by Barbara Lambase
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Themes: Urban neighborhood, children solving problems
  • Story: How to Babysit an Orangutan, story and photographs by Tara Darling and Kathy Darling
    Image Resource: Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
    Common Theme: Animals

Theme Three: Make Yourself at Home
  • Story: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
    Image Resource: Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
    Common Themes: Maine, seasons
  • Story: Stealing Home by Mary Stolz
    Image Resource: Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku by Ōgi Rodō
    Common Themes: Changes, old and new
  • Story: The Cricket in Times Square, written by George Selden, illustrated by Garth Williams
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Theme: Urban neighborhoods
  • Story: Two Lands, One Heart: An American Boy’s Journey to His Mother’s Vietnam by Jeremy Schmidt and Ted Wood, photographs by Ted Wood
    Image Resource: Seated Riffian by Henri Matisse
    Common Theme: Learning about another culture
  • Story: Look to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary, written by Jean Craighead George, illustrated by Lucia Washburn
    Image Resource: Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
    Common Themes: Animals, seasons

Theme Four: Creative Minds
  • Story: The Kids’ Invention Book by Arlene Erlbach
    Image Resource: Jerusalem Stabile by Alexander Calder
    Common Theme: Inventions
  • Story: Encyclopedia Brown and the Case of Pablo’s Nose, written by Donald J. Sobol, illustrated by Eric Velazquez
    Image Resource: Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
    Common Theme: Solving a mystery
  • Story: In the Days of King Adobe by Joe Hayes
    Image Resource: Seated Riffian by Henri Matisse
    Common Theme: Meeting strangers
  • Story: Red Writing Hood by Jane Tesh
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Theme: Stories
  • Story: One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale by Demi
    Image Resource: Jerusalem Stabile by Alexander Calder
    Common Theme: Multiplication

Theme Five: Community Ties
  • Story: Fire!, written by Joy Masoff, principal photography by Jack Resnicki and Barry D. Smith
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Theme: Community
  • Story: A Very Important Day, written by Maggie Rugg Herold, illustrated by Catherine Stock
    Image Resource: Seated Riffian by Henri Matisse
    Common Theme: Learning about other cultures
  • Story: Saguaro Cactus by Paul and Shirley Berquist
    Image Resource: Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku by Ōgi Rodō
    Common Theme: Nature and architecture
  • Story: Blue Willow, written by Doris Gates, illustrated by Paul Lantz
    Image Resource: Jerusalem Stabile by Alexander Calder
    Common Theme: Fantastic creatures
  • Story: In My Family, paintings and stories by Carmen Lomas Garza
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Themes: Family, food

Theme Six: New Lands
  • Story: The Gold Rush by Bobbie Kalman
    Image Resource: Seated Riffian by Henri Matisse
    Common Theme: Life in mountains
  • Story: I Have Heard of a Land, written by Joyce Carol Thomas, illustrated by Floyd Cooper
    Image Resource: Tar Beach 2 by Faith Ringgold
    Common Theme: Power of dreams
  • Story: Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, from the book Larger than Life: The Adventures of American Legendary Heroes, written by Robert D. San Souci, illustrated by Andrew Glass
    Image Resource: Jerusalem Stabile by Alexander Calder
    Common Themes: Size, scale, fantasy, fact and opinion
  • Story: Fly Traps! Plants That Bite Back, written by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by David Parkins
    Image Resource: Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
    Common Theme: Hunting to survive
  • Story: The Down and Up Fall, written by Johanna Hurwitz, illustrated by Gail Owens
    Image Resource: Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer
    Common Theme: Habitat

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