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Arthur's Friendship Treasury

Last updated Thursday, January 8, 2009

Author: Marc Brown
Date of Publication: 2002
ISBN: 0316125881
Grade Level: 2nd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jan. 2009

Synopsis: Now three favorite Arthur Adventures-Arthur's Pet Business, Arthur's New Puppy, and Arthur's First Sleepover-are all in one volume! Arthur fans will cheer for Arthur as he takes on his own business, tries to train his new puppy, and hosts his first sleepover. This treasury is destined to become a book of friends and fun for old and new Arthur fans alike.

Note to readers:
•  Start with Arthur's First Sleepover, if there is time read the others

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know who Arthur is?
•  Have you ever been to a sleep over?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you believe in spaceships/aliens?
•  Do your parents like to know where you are ALL THE TIME?
•  Do you hear strange things at night?
•  Have you ever been camping?

Craft ideas:
•  Make Arthurs ears and glasses! Cut two long strings. Cut out two rounded ears the same size for Arthurs ears. Color the ears. Fold the base of the ears inch. Use a glue stick over the folded edge and place the ears close together. Place the string inside the folded edge with the glue and secure. For the glasses, fold a sheet of paper in quarters (you should have a rectangle shape). Turn the short folded edge to the top, long folded edge to your left. From the middle of the short folded edge (top), draw a question mark shape ending at the end of the open edge. (Or use the template attached) Cut along the edge of the question mark. You should be able to see the outline of the glasses. On the long folded edge, cut a U shape in the curved part of the glasses. (If you use the template, this step is unnecessary) Open up the paper and see Arthurs glasses. Punch out two holes on each side and attach string. Attach Arthurs ears and glasses to the kids!

*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!