Garmann’s Summer- Batchelder Book

Garmann's Summer by Stian Hole

Readers Response Blog 5

Hole, S. (2006) Garmann’s Summer. Norway. J.W. Cappelens Forlag

Grades 1-4

Before reading Garmann’s Summer, just from looking at the cover, I thought this book would have a serious message. The colors are somewhat muted, and the Garmann’s facial expression looks sober or serious, not smiling yet not fully frowning. After I read the book, I was surprised by how deep the message was. I think you could use this book to address fear and death with your student. Many students might be experiencing the same thing in their life, and I thought it was nice to see Garmann asking the adults in his life about what they are scared of, so I think this book did start a great conversation with students.

For Garmann, the world around him is changing, not only is the summer coming to an end, but he is starting school, his teeth are falling out, and he knows his elderly aunt might die soon. This is a lot for a 6-year-old to think about. He expresses his worry by asking his family questions about what they are scared about. The story is told, through Garmann’s viewpoint, you can tell that a 6-year-old is narrating, some of the lines will trail off, and pop to another subject. I thought the pictures added to the theme of the story, it gives a feeling that the narrator is a kid, and have the different photographs pasted onto bugs, animals, and other illustrations took the book to another level.

For a lesson, I think you could use the book to have students make their pictures like the ones in the story. Also include a few sentences describing their picture.

Lesson Sketch:

After reading Garmann’s Summer, take with students about some things they are scared of. Relate it to the story and what Garmann and his family are scared of. Point out that its ok to be scared, but you can also talk with your family and teachers, just like Garmann did. Have students write down one thing a character from the story was scared of and why. Write at least 1 paragraph. Using magazine clipping, markers, and colored pencils create a picture to go along with the story. Leave the book up, so students can come to look at the picture again.


Students will write down 1 paragraph describing one of the character’s fears from the book Garmann’s Summer, to accompany a picture they create using magazine clippings.

Common Core Standards for 2nd Grade:

Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.


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