Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Pouch!

Joey is ready to explore the world after spending all of his young life in his mama's pouch. His first adventure is all of two hops before he meets a bee.  This brief meeting is enough for Joey to decide he wants to jump back into Mama's pouch. This pattern repeats itself several times as Joey gets a little braver each time. Finally he meets a fellow kangaroo and decides that life outside the pouch is better than inside.

Reading Pouch!, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein, will create instant connections for preschoolers and kindergarten students.  They know what it is like to be thrust into a new world like Joey and will be able to discuss how we can become more confident in new surroundings.  Pouch! also is a good vehicle for teaching prediction and cause and effect to primary students.

You should visit David's website to see The Making of Pouch!  This is a great teaching tool for showing students how the writing process works for one particular author.

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