Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Don't Call Me Sidney

Title:  Don't Call Me Sidney


Author:  Jane Sutton
Illustrator: Renata Gallio
Publisher:  Dial Books for Young Readers, ©2010
ISBN:  978-0-8037-2753-3
Grade Level:  PreK-2

Book Review:  Featured author Jane Sutton creates a delightful story in which clever animals live out the habits of systems thinking while engaging in antics that are sure to delight young readers  Sidney is a frustrated poet who can't find words that rhyme with his name.   His thinking persistence pays off when he discovers the perfect resolution to his dilemma. This well-written story offers insight into the writing process and illustrates the power of the written word, as we come to learn about the joy Sidney creates through his poetry.

Systems Thinking Connections:
Habits:  Checks results and changes actions if needed:  Successive approximation.  Sidney is sincere in his concern about being able to find words that rhyme with his name.  He demonstrates persistence, tries multiple solutions and eventually finds one that really works for him.
Tools:  Story structure archetype.  The book has a clearly delineated problem and resolution making it ideal for applying the story structure archetype.
More whimsical than books like The The Name Jar or My Name is Maria Isabel, Don't Call Me Sidney still focuses on the importance of a name.  The ladder of inference would be a great way to scaffold a conversation about what names cause us to pay attention to, and how they shape our beliefs about other people and ourselves.