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This post has a book companion for An Orange in January free. The book is by Dianna Hutts Aston, and is illustrated by Julie Maren. I hope you have read this book?  It beautifully tells the story of an orange beginning with the orange grove, and continuing through to the table.

The life of an orange doesn’t stop when it is plucked from the tree.  It still has miles to go to get to the grocery store, be selected, and travel even further to the table. The gorgeous illustrations help convey the message of the many hands, trucks, and places an orange must be before it becomes a treat to share on the playground in January. The text is lyrical and may be used with many ages to introduce figurative language.

An Orange in January Book Companion

The book was so inspiring, I just had to make a printable to accompany this story.  It is free and downloads on this page. It has letter sized teaching posters for figurative language, a work page, a word find, the life cycle of the orange, and a writing frame. There are ISN’s (or foldables) included.


Book Companion for An Orange in January Free

An Orange in JanuaryThere is an interactive in this PDF and below is a short, silent YouTube video showing how it is used. Many students and teacher prefer interactives to worksheets, of course. The book, An Orange in January, is not required for all of the pages in the PDF, but it would be nice to have available. I hope your library has one!

This is a picture of the interactive.  We only have so much time to watch videos, I know.An Orange in January life cycle of an orange interactive notebook shape

If your class is working on expository writing, the last pages of the PDF will provide an opportunity for them to practice this writing skill.  The picture prompts and space to write will help emergent writers stay on task.An Orange in January student-writing-project-oranges

There is a word find and a worksheet.  Answer keys for both are also provided.

An Orange in January word-find-page

An Orange in January

Thank you for reading, Carolyn