Classroom Extensions

  • Look at the illustration for Chapter 9. Do you think it does a good job of capturing what this chapter is about? How does it relate to the story? Read the chapter again thinking about how you would illustrate it. Send your drawing to for possible publication on the Web.
  • Write a letter to Karen Kondrat, illustrator of Julie & the Lost Fairy Tale. Tell her what you like or don't like about her illustrations. Include questions about how she gets ideas for her drawings. Karen has used actual photos of her own family for today's illustration. Ask her if the other characters, like Julie or her grandmother, are based on real people she knows. If not, how did she decide what they would look like? Ask her for tips you could use in your illustrations. Ask her about her education. Did she go to a special art school? Do you like to draw? Tell her about it. Send your letters to and they will be forwarded to Karen.
  • Our country is largely made up of people who have come from countries all over the world. Many of them do not speak English. Sometimes they change their names to changed to an American version. The Hungarian name, Joska means Joseph in English. If you have students from other countries at your school, determine if their names can be translated into English. Do you think they should change their names or continue to use the native language versions of the names? If you moved to another country, would you want to change your name?
  • People from other countries sometimes dress differently than we do. In some countries girls still wear scarves and boys wear special caps. Do you think people the world over dress more the same today than in years past? Name countries where people still dress differently. Describe some of the differences.
  • Look through Chapter 7 again for words whose meanings you are unsure of. Use a dictionary to learn their meanings and put these words in your writers' notebook for future use

Newspaper Activity

Use The News-Journal to design a make-believe family history board. Clip photos from the newspaper for your imaginary family. Use the photos to help illustrate a story about where they came from. Make up names for the people and tell how they are related to you. Describe what they do for a living, where they go to school or work and what they do for fun. Ask a teacher or parent to listen while you tell your story. (Sunshine State Standard LA.B.2.2.5)

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15