Problem solved by Isabel

Deborah Underwood poses a question for all porcupine graduates and lovers of porcupines:  What’s a girl to do when she wants a balloon instead of a bookmark for graduation?  Isabel is no whiny porcupine.  She takes charge and after a few solution attempts with some silly results, she comes up with a sweet solution.  Isabel is great for empowering students to solve problems, and Deborah has crafted a delightful story with all the right elements in place: strong main character, problem, attempts to solve the problem (tension), a solution, and even a second ending, which Ms. Quill liked.  This picture book is great for teaching problem solving or the story elements, as well as being a delightful read.


To see my lesson plan for A Balloon for Isabel by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Laura Rankin please visit (



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