Pictures and Story bySimon James • Simon James was born in Bristol, England, in 1961. When he was young, he drew comic strips for his school's magazine. He says all of his stories are connected to his childhood. • He had fourteen different jobs before becoming an artist and writer. He managed a restaurant, he was a policeman, and he was a farmer! • Simon James says he often failed the first time he tried things, but he kept trying and eventually succeeded. • Now he lives in Devon, England, at a school where he helps children. • "I like to teach kids how to have fun making a mess and expressing something at the same time."
Genre:Informational Story • An informational story gives facts about a topic through a story plot. • Look for: • Characters that tell facts. • A plot with a beginning , a middle and an end.
Dear Mr. Blueberry Vocabulary
details details - small bits of information This picture shows the details of the toy cash register.
disappoint • disappoint - to make someone sad because something expected did not happen It will disappoint Johnny if he does not have a bed time story read to him.
forcibly • forcibly - strongly; by force Firefighters use axes so they can forcibly get into a burning house.
information • information - facts about a person, place or thing Books have a lot of information.
oceans • oceans-large bodies of salt water where whales and other animals live The lighthouse sits near theocean.
stroke • stroke - to rub something gently Dogs and cats love it when you stroke them.
Vocabulary Review • Say the words. • Read the sentence. • Fill in the blank.
How many________can you name? • details • information • disappoint • oceans • forcibly • stroke
If you want more ___________, look in the dictionary. • forcibly • stroke • disappoint • details • information • oceans
The teacher said, “This story is very good, but I would like you to include more _______.” • details • disappoint • forcibly • oceans • stroke • information
The burglar ________ entered through the window. • oceans • stroke • forcibly • details • information • disappoint
Can you imagine what it would feel like to __________ a whale? • disappoint • Information • details • oceans • forcibly • stroke
I didn’t mean to __________ Mom and Dad by throwing my football through the window. • Information • stroke • disappoint • forcibly • oceans • details
Match the meaning to the word. • small bits of information • B.to make someone sad because something expected did not happen • C. strongly; by force • D. facts about a person, place, or thing • E. large bodies of salt water where whales and other animals live • F. to rub something gently E • oceans___ • information___ • Disappoint___ • stroke___ • Details___ • forcibly___ D B F A C
WEBSITES • Inferences • Simon James • Building Background • Reading Skills • Test Tutor • Go for Grammar Gold - More Adjectives • Other Activities • Whale Research • Whale Pages to color online • Graph Whale Size
The End Tweaked by Anne Miller