05 Mar It’s Monday! We Are Slicing About What We Are Reading! #SOL18 #IMWAYR
I love when I learn about new books from teachers and students. Not only do I get to add a book to my stack, a get a book that comes with extra meaning. When I first think about whether I like a book I always begin with my response – do I like it? Why do I like or not like it? Then I move to craft, voice, character, and theme.
When my first experience with a book is with someone that experience becomes a part of my response. I am forever changed because of that experience. Whenever I read it, I am brought back to that memory with that person and the emotion becomes a part the book. So, when I find a book I love, and that book was recommended by someone important in my life, it finds a special place in my heart. Kitchen Dance by Maurie J Manning is one of those books.
There is so much to love about this book. The simplicity of the plot is so refreshing. It celebrates family and love with humor, antics and a whole lot of dance. The word choice brings this lively family to life. The sentence structure and use of vivid verbs make this story read like a poem. This is a great book to read aloud. It will elicit giggles and conjure memories. It is also a great book to use as a mentor text to study craft.
Manning’s illustrations are priceless. She expresses action, thought, and feelings in her pictures. Just look at this picture:
There is so much to infer.
The lead (sound) and the ending (dialogue) are simple enough for students to try out in their own writing. It is also a great model of a small moment story in which the most important part is stretched out and told step by step.
If you are looking for an engaging story that you can use again and again with your students – give Kitchen Dance a try …
Thanks, Pine Hill First Grade Team for the recommendation – it will be a tried and true for sure!