A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
Four animals – a squirrel, bird, fox, and dog – have a problem: they’re each having a bad day. But the day changes when each finds a unique solution to change the outcome of the day. Super-short, this worked very well! Clear problems and solutions, along with Henkes’s vibrant illustrations, were enjoyed by all. H said this was his favorite of today’s stories.
Like this book? Try Good News, Bad News.
Hugs for Pearl by Paul Schmid
Pearl loves hugs. There’s just one problem: Pearl is – gasp! – a porcupine with sharp quills. What is she to do? The students really enjoyed this after reading Perfectly Percy last week. One girl asked where Perch was in this story; another commented that Pearl had a problem, just like Percy. Pairing these in back to back weeks fostered great connections.
Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folgueira
A little pink pig sits on a lilypad in a pond that’s home to the frogs. When the frogs ask him why he’s there, he replies, “Ribbit!” and causes chaos and confusion among the frogs. A lovely, unexpected story about friendship and making friends, this is perfect for ages 4+.
Patch by David Slonim
Told in three very short “chapters”, Patch and his owner show what life is like for a dog and his owner. We read chapter 1 (“Rabbits”) this week, and the children were quite eager to hear the rest of the story. Next week!