Over in the Garden
by Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Kenneth J. Spengler
Over in the garden where the wildflowers grew,
Lived a mother ladybug and her little beetles two.
"Crawl!" said the mother.
"We crawl!" said the two.
So they crawled over petals where the sunflower grew.
-Scholastic Book Club
-Governor's First Grade Book Pick for New Jersey
Somewhere in the Ocean
Somewhere in the ocean where the water shimmered late,
Lived a mother sea turtle and her baby turtles eight.
"Paddle" said the mother.
"We paddle!" said the eight.
So they paddled in the moonlight where the water shimmered late.
- Parents' Choice Award Winner
Classroom and Activity Guide, Somewhere in the Ocean
Reader's Theater, Somewhere in the Ocean
Way Out in the Desert
Way out in the desert by the palo verde tree,
Lived a mother javelina and her little piggies three.
"Snooze!" said the mother.
"We snooze!" said the three.
Cause they rooted all night by the palo verde tree.
Image copyright Kenneth Spengler
from "Way Out in the Desert" by Jennifer Ward, et al.
-Grand Canyon Reader Award Honor
Classroom and Activity Guide, Way Out in the Desert
Way Up in the Arctic
Way up in the Arctic near the chilly waters blue,
Lived a mother polar bear and her little cubs two.
"Nap!" said the mother.
"We nap!" said the two.
So they napped and they dozed by the chilly waters blue.
STEM lesson plan comparing the Sonoran Desert to the Arctic, Way Up in the Arctic