Schema: Earth Day, conservation
Text to text connection: 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh
D.W., a preschooler, is concerned because she infers that the project Arthur is working on at school is making his hands, and those of her father, and Arthur’s friend, Buster, turn green. The reader will conclude that it is the paint they are using by carefully looking at the pictures in the book. This is a great story to teach inference to young readers. Once again, with an eagle eye, the reader will find the names, Tolan, Tucker, Isabella, and Skye, Brown’s sons and grandchildren, scattered through the illustrations. This book would be great to pair with a nonfiction book for Earth Day in April.
Inference: D.W. infers the reason that Arthur’s hands are green.
Cause and Effect: Because Arthur is using green paint, the effect is his hands are stained green.