Saturday, May 13, 2017

Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins

Nuts to You
Lynne Rae Perkins

How far would you go for a friend? In Nuts to You, the funny and moving illustrated novel by Newbery Medalist Lynne Rae Perkins, two squirrels go very far indeed to save a friend who has been snatched up by a hawk. Nuts to You “begs to be read aloud . Nuts to You features black-and-white art by the author on every page, as well as exclusive material original to this edition.

Jed, TsTs, and Chai are the very best of friends. So when Jed is snatched up by a hawk and carried away to another realm, TsTs and Chai resolve to go after him. Mysteriously, the hawk has dropped him. They saw it. Jed could be alive. New communities are discovered, new friends are made, huge danger is encountered (both man-made and of the fox and bobcat variety) and the mysteries of squirrel culture are revealed.

Includes an introduction, epilogue, and footnotes throughout, as well as original exclusive material from the author.


Lynne Rae Perkins was awarded the Newbery Medal for Criss Cross. She is the author of three other novels—All Alone in the Universe, As Easy as Falling Off the Face of the Earth, and Nuts to You. Lynne Rae Perkins has also written and illustrated several picture books, including The Broken Cat; Snow Music, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book and a Book Sense Top Ten Pick; Pictures from Our Vacation; and The Cardboard Piano. The author lives with her family in northern Michigan.

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Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.

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Nuts to You Discussion Guide

This discussion guide for Lynne Rae Perkins's Nuts to You aligns with Common Core standards for grade 4 and contains discussion questions and extension activities. It addresses such concepts as characterization, reading comprehension, figurative language, analyzing word choice and meaning, perspective, and point of view.
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Compare and contrast the point of view from which different stories are narrated. Make connections between the text of a story or drama and a visual or oral presentation of the text, identifying where each version reflects specific descriptions and directions in the text.

How does the illustrator use pictures and details to develop the characters, setting, and events in the story? How do the illustrations contribute to the meaning of the text? Give examples. RL.4.1,7

How does the author use point of view to create suspense and humor? RL.4.1,4; W.4.2,9

Identify one of the themes in the story. What can the theme teach you about your own life? RL.4.2; W.4.2; SL.4.1,4