The Salamander Room (Dragonfly Books)

by Anne Mazer

Paperback, 1994



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Dragonfly Books (1994), Edition: 2d ptg., 32 pages


A young boy finds a salamander and thinks of the many things he can do to make a perfect home for it.

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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
In this deceptively simple picture-book, young Brian finds an orange salamander in the woods, and brings him home. Brian's mother wonders how the salamander will live in his room, and a lovely dialogue develops, as Brian describes the many changes he will make, in order to create a habitable
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environment for his new friend...

The Salamander Room is an excellent little title, ideal for teaching children about the habitat needs of other species, and would probably also function very well as an explanation at to why some species should not be kept as pets. The illustrations have a quiet and luminous quality that is very appealing. I do find it odd that every on-line picture of this title that I come across shows an image in which both Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are credited as illustrators, when my copy simply gives Steven Johnson's name. The title page does mention Fancher, crediting him with the "design" of the book... Very odd.

However that may be, I am happy to have discovered this visually appealing title, suitable for young nature lovers.
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LibraryThing member Leshauck
Great book that shows compassion and the imagination of little kids.
LibraryThing member laf
A boy finds a salamander in the forest, brings him home, and changes his room to match the forest.
LibraryThing member smbmom
One of my son's favorite books, this is a beautifully illustrated, imaginative story about a boy who wishes to turn his bedroom into a forest habitat so that he can bring home the salamander that he finds in the forest.
LibraryThing member momma2
A cute book that describes the ecosystem of a salamander through a young boy's imagination.
LibraryThing member satyridae
I can't count the number of times I read this aloud to my usually story-phobic kid. He preferred field guides to narratives, but would always sit still for this lovely, quiet story of a boy who loved salamanders so much he would remodel his room for their comfort. I love this book with all my heart.
LibraryThing member nicholas.oinonen
This book can be used when trying to get your readers to get a mental snapshot of what is happening when they read. Readers can use graphic organizers to write what they think the room will look like, or draw it, based on the writers description. Then readers can compare their predictions with the
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LibraryThing member AMaffett
This book would be great for making real life connections. Applying this to life and how we know the habitats of animals.
LibraryThing member engpunk77
Excellent! A story that shows how we can teach by asking questions (wondering) with children to help them draw their own conclusions.
LibraryThing member sloth852
Imaginative with fun illustrations.


Kentucky Bluegrass Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 1993)
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Award (Nominee — Grades K-3 — 1995)
Grand Canyon Reader Award (Nominee — Picture Books — 1996)
Minnesota Book Awards (Finalist — 1992)
Reading Rainbow Program Selection (Selection — 94 — 1993)


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10 x 9.25 inches


0679861874 / 9780679861874
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