How To Read A Story
Illustrated by: Mark Siegel
Ages : 4-8years
Publisher: Chronicle Books (May 5, 2015)
2015 Parents Choice Award
Theme: Reading, Learning
Opening Lines: Step 1 Find a story. A good one. It can have princesses and castles, if you like that sort of thing, or witches and trolls. (As long as they’re not too scary.)
Synopsis: (front flap) Kate Messner and Mark Siegel brilliantly chronicle the process of becoming a reader, from choosing a book and finding someone with whom to share it to guessing what will happen and – finally- coming to The End.
Why I like it: This is certainly an exceptional book. Not only did the cute cover catch my eye but the overall text is well thought out. It’s quick, snappy and playful with layers, almost like a lesson, or teachers guide, yet keeps one interested by building a story within a story. Both the child and the reading buddy are given instructions throughout on how to go about reading a story. It’s not until you come to the end that you realise there was a story within. You just have to read it again.
When Kate was little she used to follow her parents’ dinner guests around with piles of books, hoping for a read aloud. These days she is paying it forward, writing beautiful childrens’ books and sharing them. She lives on Lake Chaplain with her family.
Mark Siegel is an award-winning illustrator of a number of books and lives in New York.
Resources/Findings: You will find all you need to know about Kate and her books on her beautiful website. Along with Question and Answers, Kate is a speaker and writers guru at many conferences and workshops. Checkout her appearance dates … http://www.katemessner.com/
Here is a great review from one of my writing buddies. (I thought I had seen it somewhere)…. http://thiskidreviewsbooks.com/2015/05/01/perfect-picture-book-friday-how-to-read-a-story-by-kate-messner/
A resource for teachers…. http://reading.ecb.org/teacher/pdfs/lessons/vis_lp_StoryWheel.pdf
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