Hello, Wonderful Readers!
Well, it’s not actually Monday, but with the long weekend today FEELS like Monday. So, what’s everyone reading?
Over the weekend, I finally finished an adult non-fiction book I’ve been reading for quite awhile, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. It is the amazing true story of famed runner Louie Zamperini, who became an American POW in Japan during World War II. It was fascinating, and I highly recommend it to the moms & dads out there (sorry, almost-third-graders, this one is not for you).
Today I read one of the folktales many of you took home from school with you last week, The Three Ninja Pigs by Corey Rosen Schwartz.
Have you had a chance to read it yet? It is a funny adaptation of the classic Three Little Pigs story. I love that it’s told in verse, and I love the message that persistence and perseverance pays off. I love the author’s choice of words, and the illustrations by Dan Santat bring the story to life!
Second Graders, OOPS! I mean, Wonderful Readers, think about why the third pig, the sister was successful. What did she do differently than her brothers? What’s the setting of the book and how did the location change the story?
Finally, what new and interesting words did you notice as you read? I noticed quite a few– techniques, mastered, expert, persisted and earnest. If you read these words but wasn’t sure what they meant, try using context clues, swapping a word you know, and looking up a definition in the dictionary or online. I promise you’ll understand the story even better if you take the time to notice new vocabulary words.
If you enjoyed this book, you may also like to try:
Susan Lowell’s The Three Little Javelinas, a Southwestern version of the classic folktale.
Or Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, a hilarious (and classroom favorite!) version told from the wolf’s point of view.
If you like these funny, fractured folktales, look for more books like this at the bookstore or your local library. There are so many great versions out there! Happy reading!
What are YOU reading today??? Please comment below!