Tag Archives: Rhyming Text

Whose Shoe? by Eve Bunting


Told in rhyming text, a little mouse sets out to ask all of his animal friends if they have lost their shoe that he found in the bamboo. Elephant only wears heels to make her ankles look slim, and hippopotamus hates the mud between his toes, but hasn’t lost any of his shoes. The illustrations by Sergio Ruzzier are very cheerful and support the text well. The story is a great read aloud and will keep your children’s attention. I love the introduction of words in context such as catastrophe, dainty, pursue, and rare.

Schema: finding or losing something

Idiom: Finders Keepers Losers Weepers

Text-to-Self Connections: finding or losing something, throwing things away

Questioning: The main character, a little mouse, asks many animals in his community if the shoe he found belongs to them. Many examples of using the question mark.

Earth Day: The idea of the kangaroo throwing the shoe into the bamboo because it hurt his feet provides a great introduction to a conversation about littering, donating, re-purposing, and making good choices about how to get rid of something we don’t want. The shoe was used by the mouse as a wonderful king size bed.

Story Elements: Problem: The mouse finds a shoe and has been taught that finders keepers is not polite so he sets off to find its owner

Character Development: The main character, a mouse, has a good character in that he wants to do the right thing when he finds the lost shoe.

Read to Me! by Chris Helene Bridge

Schema: hearing a book read aloud

This is one of those special books that a parent or caregiver will never tire of re-reading aloud to little ones. Rhyming text will have your listeners memorizing the book and saying it with you quickly.

Children love to share in reading a predictive text with a repetitive phrase. The phrase “read to me,” will give young readers a part of the story that they can say with you each time. The idea that reading can take place anywhere we are is shown as the author shows reading taking place at home in a chair, on the floor, in between chores such as cooking and laundry, outdoors, in the car, on a boat, traveling, at the park, in the bath tub, and in bed. Each page is brightly illustrated in collage art.

Tips for parents about the importance of reading to a child are included.

This book would be a great gift for new parents.

One Day I Went Rambling by Kelly Bennett

What a creative and thought-provoking, rhyming book for both adults and children!

As an elementary school librarian who reads books aloud to children every day, I can see this one as a book that will capture their attention because there is substance here that will connect with their prior knowledge to make this book worthy of their time. I predict that this title will be on several award lists this year. Readers are challenged to use their imaginations to repurpose and recycle objects that they own or discover on their path.

The illustrations, created by Terri Murphy, and names of the characters are multi-ethnic featuring children of all races. The expressions show joy, contentment, and pure fun as they “ramble” around the neighborhood. Even the kid who makes fun at first is motivated to join in the fun.

Schema: repurposing
Text-to-Self: Can you think of something you have re-used as a pencil container? Ever made a jewelry box from an egg carton?
Text-to-Text: Oliver by Birgitta Sif; Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Compare and Contrast: How is each “find” similar and different from what they imagine it to be?
Mental Image: Can you imagine the “find” being what they imagine it to be?
Predicting: Try predicting what the items on the last page might be used for. There is an illustration, but no text so the reader has to use his or her imagination to infer or predict what these could be used for.
Synthesis: Can you think of other things their “finds” could be? Can you think of something you see that could be like something else? Think about the places you like to play and what you have played with there. I remember as a child playing house inside a group of Cedar trees where there was a small clearing in the middle of them. It was like nature made me my own playhouse.
Extension: Do a search on the Internet to find how people have repurposed what might be trash to some people into useful or artistic objects.

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

Oh No! by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann and Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton

Schema: When things don’t go right or the way we want them to go

Text-to-Text: Both books share the “oh, no!” phrase for similar reasons

Figurative Language: Fleming’s book adapts naturally to the song “Frog Went A-Courting” with rhyming words.

Problem Solving: Both stories have a problem that is solved with either self-control or help.

Predicting: With Oh No George! students can predict what George will do with each challenge.

Trixie & Jinx by Dean Koontz

Schema: best friends being apart for summer vacation

Two doggie best friends who do everything together are separated when Jinx and his family go on a week long summer vacation. Trixie uses her imagination to entertain herself until Jinx gets back home by reading, eating, trying to play with a spider, a mouse, some ants, bees, and a snake but none can take the place of Jinx. Rhyming text and colorful illustrations will keep students interested.

Compare and Contrast what Danitra does while her best friend is on vacation.

Text to text connection: Danitra Brown Leaves Town by Nikki Grimes

This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore & Jessica Alexander

Nonfiction rhyming text depicts the way African Americans were treated before,  then after, the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s.  Full color illustrations show two labeled water fountains, a lunch counter only for white people, a library with two separate entrances and books, two segregated classrooms, students being guarded by the National Guard while walking into a white school, people refusing to ride the buses, black people sitting at the lunch counter getting condiments poured on their heads, Martin Luther King, Jr. and marchers, photos of Ella Baker, civil rights activist, Walter White, who helped to found the Atlanta branch of the NAACP, Thurgood Marshall, supreme court judge, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cause and Effect: Because of the civil rights activists, the effect was that laws were changed.

After these civil rights leaders’ illustrations, the book continues in rhyme showing the way things are now with equal rights. Students could compare and contrast the way things were before the civil rights movement with the way things were afterward.

The information about the leaders is not included in the text so this would be a great jumping off point for students to do a research project on who they are and what they contributed.

Graphic Organizers could be used to compare the before and after civil rights were put in place.

What Dogs Want for Christmas by Kandy Radzinski

what-dogs-want-for-christmasLarge illustrations of cute dogs are paired with short poems requesting a gift from Santa.  Students could compare and contrast the requests  and put them in categories such as clothing, food, or toys.

For the youngest readers it would be fun to make a felt or clip art story and have the students match the dogs with their requests on a felt board as you read the story.

Little Red Bird by Nick Bruel

little-red-birdRhyming text poses questions to readers and choices that the little red bird must make about flying away from her cage.

Readers could compare and contrast cage and house habitat with the outdoors and park.

The bird’s point of view from her cage can be compared to her point of view from the park.

Students may draw the conclusion that someone left the cage door open since it was found open.  The little bird was surprised to find it open.

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

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Schema: farm animals, trucks

Text-to-Self Connections: helping someone, cooperating with others

Text-to-Text Connections: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin: The animals have to cooperate with each other to get what they want.

Rhyming text about farm animals, their sounds, a dump truck, and a little blue truck tucked into realistic fall illustrations.

Cause and effect can be taught showing that because of the rain, the effect is that it was muddy.  Because the dump truck was pushy, rude, and too fast, the effect was that it ran into a ditch.

To solve the problem, all of the animals and the trucks must work together.  The text emphasizes that friends are important.

Personification of the trucks provides a good example of figurative language.