Sunday, June 8, 2008

1st Storybook Sunday and 2 Reviews!

I know, I know... it's 11:00 and I'm just now getting to the daily reviews. However, this is how it'll be most of the time, due to this crazy "lifestyle." So, without any hesitation...

The first review for the week is Flotsam by David Wiesner. In this wordless picture book a young boy goes to the beach and collects flotsam; things that float, may get washed ashore, or something that someone finds and shares with someone else. The wordless painted watercolor illustrations provide students with an opportunity to create their own story. So many students are tremendous writers if they only have a little something to get them started. Wordless books provide them with exactly that. A must have in any classroom!

The second review for my first Storybook Sunday is Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor. O’Connor tells the story of Nancy, a little girl who loves to be fancy. Not only does Nancy dress fancy and act fancy, she even uses fancy language. Although this text is written for children aged 4-7, it could be used in an upper-elementary classroom in teaching students to use a thesaurus for using “fancy” words, or synonyms in their writing pieces.