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Big Al Paperback – September 1, 1997

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Andrew Clements is the author of the enormously popular Frindle. More than 10 million copies of his books have been sold, and he has been nominated for a multitude of state awards, including two Christopher Awards and an Edgar Award. His popular works include About Average, Troublemaker, Extra Credit, Lost and Found, No Talking, Room One, Lunch Money, and more. He is also the author of the Benjamin Pratt & the Keepers of the School series. He lives with his wife in Maine and has four grown children. Visit him at AndrewClements.com.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 880 (What's this?)
  • Series: Big Al
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689817223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689817229
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Not only are the pictures absolutely eye-popping in Big Al, but the story carries a very important moral: to not judge by appearance. I first recieved this book when I was 6 years old, and now I'm 16. Even though 10 years have passed, I still find myself thinking of Big Al when I judge a person.
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By A Customer on February 20, 2001
Format: Paperback
So many kids books that deal with real life issues often cop out by having the character solve the problem in a way that kids couldn't possibly apply to their own life. This book is a shining example of how to achieve what so many authors cannot: solving a real problem in a real way that can be applied to real life. Beyond the beauty of the lesson, "Don't judge by appearance", is the beauty in the way the story is told. The artwork is a superb extension of the text. Buy this for every child you care about.
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Format: Paperback
Big Al is truly the scariest-looking fish, but - like all of us - he just wants to be accepted by his peers. In fact, he does everything to be accepted: Wraps himself up in seaweed, puffs himself up, hides in the sand so others will come close, changes color to match a passing school of fish, but to no avail. Then comes Al's chance to save the day and make some friends.
Yoshi's illustrations are rich and give life to Al's world underwater.
I've used this book in my classroom for kids to understand how we are all unique in our own way, but we each have a strength to offer others.
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When rating children’s books I like to go by these guidelines. I currently teach a multiage classroom of 1st and 2nd graders with varying ability levels from non readers to students reading at or above a 5th grade level.

My rating: 5 stars!
What or if I would use this for: (Here is the copy of the lesson plan I used this book for)
Reader’s Workshop Big Al
Materials, Texts & Reminders: Sticky Notes
Big Al
Whiteboards & Markers for all students

CLO/Standard I can notice and track character feelings to help me understand the story (plot/illustration) RL2.1 and 1.1 and W2.1 and 1.1
Checks for Understanding: Turn and Talk
Thumbs Up and Down
Student participating
Language/Vocab: Character, Strong Feelings, illustrations
Differentiation/Assessment Partner Work, Visuals, Teacher Models
Lesson:
Motivation/Hook Students
Yesterday we read Big Al and many of you noticed how his feelings changed throughout the story. Today we are going to look deeper at the author’s words and illustrations to understand how Big Al feels.
I Do
Dark blue Sticky Note #1: Let’s look at this page closely – (Reread it.) I think Big Al felt sad because the author used the words lonely and big salty tears. (Teacher draws Big Al with a sad face with one tear falling down).
We Do
Students use whiteboards and divide the whiteboard into 3 sections with a marker.
Go to second dark blue sticky note. Reread page and have students draw a simple picture of how Big Al feels.
Repeat with Page 3 dark blue sticky note. (nervous)
Repeat with Page 4 dark blue sticky note. (happy)
You Do
Reader’s Response.
When you go back to your seats, write about how Big Al’s feelings changed throughout the story.
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Format: Paperback
"Big Al" is about a very big, puffy, scary fish named Al, who is trying to make friends. He has trouble making friends, in the beginning, because all of the little fish keep running away. The fish didn't want to be friends with him because they were scared.

I think all kids will like this book because when they read the end of the book, they will think about having all kinds of friends.

My favorite part of the book was when Big Al made lots of friends. What makes this book special is how he makes his friends, by saving them from the net.

Both boys and girls would like this book. Kids of all ages would like it, even adults of all ages.

I would give this book 4 stars. There is one part that I don't like, when he sneezes.

Review by Young Mensan Lila H., age 6
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Format: Hardcover
This has a charming story, and wonderful illustrations. Kids can learn about being themselves and being a good friend by Big Al's example. It has a heroic main character who saves the fish who had refused his friendship. What I think could have been done better/differently is to play up the ideas that no matter what you look like, you can be a good friend, and that it's important to be yourself. Clements ends the story a little too suddenly to explore that idea, in my opinion. It does, however, leave room for classroom or parental discussion once the story has been read. This is a sweet book, with a nice message, even if it's not terribly obvious.
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By A Customer on July 19, 1998
Format: Paperback
This book is a great book for young children to learn about discrimination. That you need to look into what someone is like instead of what they look like. The illustrations are very colorful so they catch a young persons eye. Every pre-schooler should own this book.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a mother of 2 sons,one 20 year old & a 9 year old. My eldest son read this book and said this book was about him.You see his name is Allen and he is 6 foot 6 inches and 300 pounds. This book sits on our coffee table in our living room. Everyone that reads this book identifies with it. We are donating it to our school library.
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