Text-to-Text Connections: obeying parents
Text-to-Text Connection: Harold and the Purple Crayon
Large font and colorful, but simple drawings make this a super read aloud. The plot sequence lends itself to teaching predicting. A young boy is about to draw when his mother says that no one draws on this particular day, Doodleday. He disobeys and begins to draw a fly which flies off of the page and is huge! He then draws a spider to eat the fly, then a bird to eat the spider. The text-to-text connection with There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly will be noticed. Young listeners will love the story and art.
Cause and Effect: Because he draws a fly, the effect is that he must draw a spider to eat the fly…
Because he disobeys his mother, the effect is the disasters that occur.
Predicting: What will he draw next? Do you think he will draw on Doodleday next year?