On to one of my favorite kid books though! I want to share about THE MAGIC FISH by Freya Littledale. This has become one of mine and my kindergarten kiddos favorite books.
Every time the fisherman goes to ask the fish for something else, the sea is stormier and angrier, although the fish says nothing. In the end, the fish decides that the wife has asked for too much, and so he takes away everything.
One of my Kindergarteners last year after reading this book said, " She just needs to learn to be happy and kind. " Absolutely!
There are so many great ideas and ways to use this book. First of all, it a great example of a fairytale/ fable and would be a way to learn about common types of text. It is a pretty easy read and has a repetitive pattern so by the end of the year a number of my K kids were reading it for enjoyment.
In Readers Workshop, it would be a great book to talk about retelling and learning how to retell the beginning, middle and end. The illustrations are great and really support the story. Also great to use for discussions about problem and solution and character analysis.
In Writers Workshop, it would be great for an illustration lesson on using background to tell part of the story (as the fisherman asks for more and more, the fish and the sea get angrier and angrier unit they have had enough) , learning to tell a story across the pages, how to tell a story bit by bit and of course lots of ideas for conventions.
I hope that you will come to love this story as much as I do!
I am sure there are so many more ways to use this wonderful book. I would love to hear from you about some of your favorite books and how you use them to support your students learning!
Blessings to you all!