It’s a Book by Lane Smith

It’s a Book by Lane Smith

Publishing: Roaring Book Press, New York, 2010

Description: A monkey is reading a book and a donkey (referred to as a jackass) is confused because the book is nothing like his electronics: it does not make noises, require a password, have wifi, etc. Finally, the donkey borrows the book and gets sucked in. I appreciate the point he’s trying to make about digitization taking over our lives, but I just don’t see the point in calling the donkey a jackass. I understand the humor and play on words at the end, but I’m not sure as a parent I would show this to my child.

Programming: If I were to use this book with students, which for me is a big if at this point, I would probably start by showing around some electronic devices and asking what they can do, followed by showing them a book and asking what it can do. I would point out that books can do something better-they tap into imagination. I might even create an activity where they would have to imagine a scenario and tell me what happens next.


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