Ferocious Fluffity by Erica S. Perl is an entertaining and humorous book about a class pet that became ferocious! When Mr. Drake showed the children Fluffity, they said “She’s so tiny!” “She’s so sweet” “Such cute whiskers!” “Such cute feet!” He warned them right away by telling them “Look-don’t touch” Did they listen? No! One day when Dr. Drake overslept and was late to class, all of the students decided to take Fluffity out of his cage. Fluffity wasn’t so sweet anymore. She bit Eddie, Bert, Whitby, Julia and Jamal. All of the children screamed and ran. Fluffity was on the loose until he found Mr. Drake and bit his knee and wouldn’t let go. In the end, the children learned their lesson about understanding the pet before taking it out of its cage.
Ferocious Fluffity is a excellent book for children ages 6 and up. When reading this book, emphasize and define specific vocabulary that may be unfamiliar to your child. Words such as brute, ferocious, heels, overslept, burst, tenaciously, injury, prone, forgave and whiskers can be learned during the story. After reading the book, use these words in other contexts to help your child learn and store these words in their lexicon. For example, if your child sleeps too late one morning, you can say “You overslept this morning”. At the end of the story, ask your child your child specific questions about the story. Why did Fluffity bite the students? Why did the children take Fluffity out of the cage when the teacher was not there? How did the students help Mr. Drake? How did Mr, Drake help his students?
Are you a teacher? Check out this rhyming worksheet that I created to help your child improve phonemic awareness by matching the rhyming words in the Ferocious Fluffity. When doing this worksheet, match a word in one column and then find a matching rhyming word in another column.