Tomi Ungerer

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Tomi Ungerer

The Mellops Go Flying (1957)Mellops Go Diving for Treasure (1957)Crictor (1958)The Mellops Strike Oil (1958)Adelaide (1959)Christmas Eve at the Mellops (1960)Emile (1960)Rufus (1961)The Three Robbers (1961)Snail, Where Are You? (1962)Mellops Go Spelunking (1963)Flat Stanley (1964) — art by Tomi Ungerer, written by Jeff BrownOne, Two, Where's My Shoe? (1964)Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls (1964) — art by Tomi Ungerer, poems collected by William ColeOh, What Nonsense! (1966) — art by Tomi Ungerer, edited by William ColeOrlando, the Brave Vulture (1966)Warwick's Three Bottles (1966) – with André HodeirCleopatra Goes Sledding (1967) – with André HodeirWhat's Good for a 4-Year-Old? (1967) — art by Tomi Ungerer, text by William ColeMoon Man (Der Mondmann) (Diogenes Verlag, 1966)Zeralda's Ogre (1967)Ask Me a Question (1968)The Sorcerer's Apprentice (1969) — text by Barbara HazenOh, How Silly! (1970) — art by Tomi Ungerer, edited by William ColeThe Hat (1970)I Am Papa Snap and These Are My Favorite No Such Stories (1971)The Beast of Monsieur Racine (1971)The Hut (1972)Oh, That's Ridiculous! (1972) — art by Tomi Ungerer, edited by William ColeNo Kiss for Mother (1973)Allumette; A Fable, with Due Respect to Hans Christian Andersen, the Grimm Brothers, and the Honorable Ambrose Bierce (1974)Tomi Ungerer's Heidi: The Classic Novel (1997) — art by Tomi Ungerer, text by Johanna SpyriFlix (1998)Tortoni Tremelo the Cursed Musician (1998)Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear (1999)Zloty (2009)Der Herzinfarkt (1962)The Underground Sketchbook (1964)The Party (1966)Fornicon (1969)Tomi Ungerer's Compromises (1970)Poster Art of Tomi Ungerer (1972)America (1974)Totempole (1976)Babylon (1979)Cat-Hater's Handbook, Or, The Ailurophobe's Delight (1981) — co-authored by William ColeSymptomatics (1982)Rigor Mortis (1983)Slow Agony (1983)Heute hier, morgen fort (1983)Far out Isn't Far Enough (1984)Femme Fatale (1984)Schwarzbuch (1984)Joy of Frogs (1985)Warteraum (1985)Schutzengel der Hölle (1986)Cats As Cats Can (1997)Tomi: A Childhood Under the Nazis (1998)Liberal Arts: The Political Art of Tomi Ungerer (1999)Erotoscope (2002)De père en fils (2002)

Tomi Ungerer is an artist and author/illustrator who was born in France and lived as a child amongst the Nazis during World War I. He is a controversial figure partly because of the clash that exists between many of his works; for Ungerer is a children’s author and illustrator, but he also writes and illustrates adult material. In addition to these two different areas of interest, he delved deeply into the world of political art during the 1960s and his work at that time was quite revered among other people involved in the art movement. Tomi Ungerer received the Hans Christian Anderson Medal in 1998 for his contribution as a children’s book illustrator and he has published over 100 books. He still lives and will turn eighty-three years old this November.

Tomi Ungerer

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Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear, is the story of a teddy bear who lived through World War I. The war separates him from his loving owner and he is thrown into an adventure through the changing times. In the end he is changed but his journey proves to be very well worth it, for he is reunited with his original owner.

Moon Man tells the story of the time when the Moon Man decided to visit earth. He is hopeful on his journey, but soon learns that not everyone on earth is understanding and kind.

This is the story of an unlikely friend and hero. Crictor is a boa constrictor and upon meeting him, many are frightened. People around Crictor soon realize that he is not scary because of his appearance, but he is a caring friend because of his actions and his character.

No Kiss for Mother is about Piper: a cat with an attitude. Piper hates it when his mother kisses him and this leads to a serious situation between the two of them. In the end Piper and his mother must learn to respect one another and agree to disagree.

"One cannot underestimate children and their capacity for understanding."

6+1 Traits Lesson Ideas:Organization- After reading Moon Man discuss with the students the importance of excellent endings. Model to them what it looks like to write an excellent ending. Then have students write their own alternate ending to Moon Man. Ideas- Explain the significance of Crictor at the time it was published. Ask the students if they think that a snake could possibly be a friend or even a hero. Read Crictor aloud to the students and then have them write their own story about an unlikely animal who does wonderful things. Voice- Discuss the importance of voice to students. Read portions of No Kiss for Mother aloud and ask students if they can hear the voice in the story. Create an anchor chart of different types of voice with the students. Then have them write a narrative as though they are Piper in the appropriate voice that has been assigned to them individually. Conventions- Read Otto aloud to the students. Stop at specific points in the story to point out uses of punctuation. Create an anchor chart with students that summarizes what each use of punctuation means within the story. Have students use the anchor chart to write three sentences that have three different uses of punctuation. Students will then share sentences with a partner aloud in the appropriate manner according to the punctuation in each sentence.Sentence Fluency- Read No Kiss for Mother aloud to students. Ask them to pay close attention to the use of dialogue in the story and how it affects the way the sentences sound together. Have students work in pairs to create a dialogue in which there exists a dilemma between the two students as characters. Students who wish to share their dialogues are welcome to. Word Choice- Read Moon Man aloud to students. Stop at specific words in the story (ex. "shimmering") and ask students what other words could have been used in place of those words. Ask them why they think the author chose the words he did and discuss how his choice of words affects the story. Ask students to visit a finished piece of their writing and work to revise it based on word choice. Presentation- Read some pages from No Kiss for Mother and ask students to pay close attention to the way the illustrations and text are organized on the pages. Discuss the importance of presentation and how it affects the success of a story and its message to the reader. Ask students to visit a piece they have already written and re-write portions of it while including illustrations as well as color if they choose. Ask them to pay close attention to the presentation of their work in regards to how they want their reader to understand it.Presentation II- Read Moon Man aloud to students. Discuss what a newsletter is with them and then show them a modeled example that was previously created. Have them pretend to be a person living in the time when the Moon Man came to earth. They will then write their own newsletter about an event or some of the events that took place during the Moon Man's time on earth.Organization II- Read Otto aloud to the students and ask them to pay close attention to the events that take place in the middle of the story. Brainstorm alternate events that could have taken place in the middle of the story and discuss how those events could change the end of the story. Have students write their own alternate middle of the story in a way that leads to the same ending as the author's original ending. Word Choice II- Read the first few pages of Moon Man. Draw close attention to the way the moon is described, and the way the tail of the comet is described. Explain to students that part of using good word choices is finding out how many ways something can be described. Place different objects in the front of the room and have the students describe each object with as many words as they can. Create a list of words students used to describe the different objects.

ReflectionTomi Ungerer's books have a way of presenting certain truths to children that they should be aware of. Many of his books are based on characters who are different; characters who are not completely accepted for who they are until others see what they are truly capable of. When I was younger I was different than most of my peers. There came a time in my life where I felt very alone and cut off from society, so I know what it is like to be different; just like some of the characters in Tomi Ungerer's books. There is something magical in the way that many of his books are written, the words within them urge children to understand that the unknown and different can be beautiful and full of wonder. Possibly the most important message one can gather from Tomi and his books is that children possess the capability to understand many things that are usually kept from them, and they have the right to know what these things entail.


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