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Amber on the Mountain

Last updated Sunday, October 23, 2005

Author: Tony Johnston
Date of Publication:
Grade Level: 4th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Mar. 2002, Mar. 2001

Synopsis: Living on a high mountain with Granny, Amber is lonely until a man comes with his family and a crew of road builders. The man fixes on the seemingly impossible task of building a road up the steep slope, while his daughter, Anna, befriends Amber and decides to teach her to read.

Discussion topics: To be posted soon ...

Craft ideas:
•  Draw an outline of Anna's head, and inside, draw and write what she was thinking during the story.
•  Tell the story from Anna's point of view. Make a little booklet with pictures and her story.
•  Write a letter to Amber "Rockhead," encouraging her in learning to write. Talk about your own experiences.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!