Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Tell Me About Your Day Today by Mem Fox - ESSENTIAL

Fox, Mem and Lauren Stringer Tell Me About Your Day Today. 40 pgs. Beach Lane Books, 2012. $17.99. PICTURE BOOK.

There once was a boy who loved bedtime. His favorite part? Discussing the day's events with his three favorite stuffed animals. In turn, each one tells about the adventures of the day, and how "the whole wild thing turned out okay." While they all address a similar event - a thunderstorm and its aftermath - the various retellings show how perspective can change a story.

While the words in this book are simple, the cadence is phenomenal and very satisfying to read aloud. Although each of the four encounters difficulties throughout the day, at the end everything is fine, and they are happy, safe, comfortable, and loved. It's a nice message to leave children with before bed. The story also models good listening, as the goose, the bunny, the rocking horse, and the boy all wait politely for each to tell the story of the day, taking turns in a very respectful way. This is quickly becoming one of my new favorite read-alouds.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE. Reviewed by: Caryn

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