Thursday, August 1, 2013

Phoebe and Digger

PHOEBE & DIGGER by Trisha Springstubb

Author: Tricia Springstubb
Illustrator:   Jeff Newman
Publisher:  Candlewick Press
Publication Year:   2013
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   featured in CCYAL Best of the Best 2013

Summary:  When Mama got a new baby, Phoebe got a new digger. At the park, Mama & the baby sit on a bench while Phoebe & Digger play in the dirt. A big mean girl comes and steals Digger even though Phoebe uses her words to ask for Digger back. Phoebe begins to feel a cry coming but Mama makes the mean girl give Digger back and Phoebe realizes Mama is still there for her too.

Classroom Ideas: A wonderful addition of a strong female character who wears red & green and plays with a digger. There is the idea of problem solving and the reassurance that mothers have enough love for all their children.

1 comment:

tricia said...

Thanks so much for the lovely summary and especially the classroom suggestions. I've read PHOEBE to kids up to 4th grade, where we discussed how and why Phoebe changes over the course of the story. And even big kids love joining in on the WAAA!