Just too cute!! All first grade students in the Bridgeport, CT public schools received a copy of Sort It Out on their first day of school. Sponsored by the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, Inc. 2,400 copies were distributed by over 120 volunteers who passed out the books and read it to the students. Shown here is a first grade class at the Regional Six to Six Magnet School.
Sort It Out, by Barb Mariconda and illustrated by Sherry Rogers, is the story of Packy the Packrat. His mother has had enough! It’s time that he sorts through his ever-growing collection of trinkets and puts them away. Told in rhyme, the text leads the reader to participate in the sorting process by categorizing Packy’s piles of things according to like characteristics and attributes. The reader response is worked into the rhyme, building a sense of anticipation. The illustrations include a humorous subplot about Packy’s sister, who enjoys pilfering some of his things for her own enjoyment.
Children will relate to the idea of having a collection of favorite objects and the satisfaction that comes from examining and admiring these collectibles. The story promotes and reinforces analogous thinking—a critical thinking skill in math, science, and life. In the supplemental activity section at the back of the book, the reader can explore even more attributes and characteristics of objects, including color, size, texture, shape, and material.
This 2008 release from Sylvan Dell has garnered many honors, including the IRA-CBC Children’s Choices List, finalist status for the CBC Children’s Choice Award, and the Texas 2×2 Reading List. For more info about Sort It Out, visit http://www.sylvandellpublishing.com/Sort.php.