Thursday, October 7, 2010

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth!
written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
(Groundwood Books) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library

Roslyn Rutabaga is a spunky girl with a plan to dig the biggest hole on Earth. She plans to dig to China or as far as the South Pole so she could meet a penguin. She picks a spot in the middle of her lawn so as not to disturb her father's prize carrot bed. Unfortunately, she runs into a few obstacles as she digs. An angry earthworm gives her the business for digging in "his front yard". While digging in a new spot, a mole in a bad mood mocks her by arguing that she won't find any penguins in the ground. All in all, it's a pretty discouraging morning. Fortunately she has a loving father who suggests they take a lunch break where they discuss whether or not penguins would like carrot sandwiches.

Roslyn Rutabaga is an engaging character who would make a great study for younger students. Before reading, you could ask students to list qualities about themselves that they like. Then you could read the book and see if Roslyn fits any of those qualities. You could teach students how to create a circle map while you were doing this. I think Roslyn's father would also be a good text to text example with the fathers in My Father is Taller Than a Tree. He is supportive and nonjudgmental of her hole digging efforts. 

Other reviews of Roslyn Rutabaga:
Kids Lit
Word of Mouse

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