Monday, June 22, 2015

#IMWAYR - June 22

#IMWAYR is one of my favorite days to check blog posts. It is so fun to see what everyone is reading! Thanks to Jen Vincent for hosting the kidlit version of this at her blog, Teach Mentor Texts!!

Much of this past reading week was spent in Nashville, so I didn't have as much time to read, and when I did read I was in longer adult books. I did get to read 3 picture books (see below) and have begun a fun chapter book - Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones. More about that one next week.

Of the 3 picture books I read, a quick synopsis of my thinking:

Little Red's Riding Hood - there are so many very clever versions of Little Red Riding Hood, but this wasn't one of my favorites. Red is a cute little scooter, the wolf is a tricked-out truck, and Grandma is a cute little pink Jeep - the illustrations are fun. There was some fun play on words and fun language to enjoy. 

I will Never Get a Star on Mrs. Benson's Blackboard - Good message to teachers about embracing the uniqueness of each student. I had a hard time with the behavioral management system used; I wish we could celebrate students without the stars. 

Under a Pig Tree - I chuckled the entire way through this. An error at the publisher leads to every word in a book about "figs" having the word "fig" changed to "pig" each time. As you can guess, that one letter can dramatically change the story. My chuckles came from that, but the comments that the author and publisher leave for each other were my main source of hilarity. I really loved the voice of each one.

Hope you have a great week of reading!


  1. Hi, Karen! It sounds like you've been really busy. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the picture books you read. I love using picture books as mentor texts or examples in my reading and writing lessons, and Under a Pig Tree sounds like it would be a great one to add to my collection for lessons on voice (and just for fun!)
    I'll be interested to see what you think of Unusual Chickens...; it's one I've been considering getting. Have a great week!

  2. I want to get a copy of Under a Pig Tree to read. It sounds delightful. I've got Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer on my to read list. I look forward to reading what you have to say about it.

  3. Under a Pig Tree sounds fun - thanks for the recommendations! Good luck on your adult reads.