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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

With Love, Little Red Hen - Alma Flor Ada

This is a book for adults as much as children.  Kids will love it as it gives a different look at some classic storybook characters.  Adults, however, will appreciate the endless jokes and layer upon layer of meaning.

Too much for a single sit down read aloud, this would be a book that I would recommend to a teacher that is doing a classic fairy tale unit.  Characters such as Goldilocks, The Little Red Hen, The 3 Little Pigs, The Big Bad Wolf are all highlighted in this book in the form of letters back and forth between the characters.  It is a great way to discuss point of view; there is more than one way to look at a situation.  This book is a lot of fun!

Apart from pure enjoyment and an extension of classic fairy tales, this is also a great opportunity for readers to connect to their previous experience with these characters.  You could also discuss how you write a friendly letter.  The author's effective use of voice is another topic that you could introduce to young writers through these humourous letters.

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