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It’s Monday! We Are Reading Some Talk Worthy Picture Books

IMWAYR Tashi and the Tibetian Flower Cure, By Naomi C. Rose


A big thank you to Myra Garces-Bacsal for sharing her thoughts about this book on her blog – Gathering Books.   We absolutely love this picture book! This is a powerful story about a granddaughter’s love for her ailing grandfather.  It has important messages about the power of community, perseverance and kindness.  We can’t wait to hear what readers say as they talk about Naomi Rose’s choice of words, the symbolism in this text, and the way Naomi incorporates information about Tibet into this story. We added this book to our text set titled, The Power of Being Kind.

The Chickens Build a Wall, Jean-Francois Dumont


As soon as we read this book, we instantly ordered two copies of it. There is so much to talk about in this text.   It is a story about a flock of chickens that let their fears of an innocent hedgehog take over their lives. These chickens listen to rumors, gossip among themselves, and jump to conclusions. In the end, they decide to build a wall around themselves to keep the hedgehog out.   Readers of all ages can talk about the important messages in this text. Older readers will also enjoy thinking about how this text relates to real life historical events.

The Chickens Build a Wall is a terrific mentor text for students in grades 4-6 to study as they write their own fictional stories. The way Jean-Francois Dumont tells this story as a flashback, the way he weaves the theme throughout the text and the abrupt ending, are crafts that writers will want to study.   We added this text to our Pinterest board of mentor texts for teaching symbolism.   What a powerful story!

Gaston, Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson


Tammy has a saying in her family to teach her kids to trust their own instincts,

“If it doesn’t feel right, it isn’t right. Trust yourself.”

This text teaches this same lesson and so much more. The characters in this book learn to not judge things by appearance alone and to trust their feelings.   We love the way Kelly DiPucchio doesn’t come right out and tell readers the problem in this story. Readers will need to read, reread and study the illustrations to understand the problem the mother dogs see.   We can’t wait to hear what details and patterns students notice as they read this text.  This text is posted on our Mentor Texts for Making Inferences Pinterest Board.

  • Linda Baie
    Posted at 22:21h, 22 September Reply

    I saw Myra’s review of the Tashi book, sounds very good. The Chickens Build A Wall, also a must read. It’s close to the Henny-Penny story, don’t you think? And thanks also for Gaston, will be super to read to a class.

    • Tammy and Clare
      Posted at 00:10h, 23 September Reply

      We didn’t think of connecting The Chickens Build a Wall to Henny Penny or Chicken Little – What a great idea! We can’t wait to hear what kids notice as they think about the roles of the “hens” in these different stories.

      Tammy and Clare

  • Lisa
    Posted at 00:01h, 23 September Reply

    Gaston sounds great. Love books for inferring.


  • Beth
    Posted at 07:39h, 23 September Reply

    I’m always glad to see older grades using picture books. It seems to be a bit discouraged at our local middle school.


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