Saturday, May 16, 2015

First the Egg  
by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Pre-schoolers and Kinders will love this!

Awards: Caldecott Honor; Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor

Book Talk
Laura Seeger takes the reader through several nature sequences—the lifecycle of a chicken, frog and plant; and several sequences that happen everyday in a child’s life—the process of a story and a painting.

Example of the writing of a sequence over four pages:
the tadpole
the frog”

the word
the story.”

Primary colors are mainly used in the illustrations making them attractive for our little ones. The second page of the sequence has a cut-out/ look through hole—giving the readers a bit of a clue--and anticipation--of what might be coming on the next pages.

First the Egg is very predictable—adding to the fun for emerging readers.

Suggested Uses as a Mentor Text:
Book Genre: Informational
Reading Workshop strategies: Predicting, Questioning
Writing Workshop: Informational Writing
Curricular Themes: Science-lifecycles

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