This summer (as I'm on break as of this morning!!), I am working hard on both a picure book and a chapter book, so I need to focus more on that right now. I am also doing a book study with Mrs. Wills. So I will be blogging for sure but more focused on my own writing and teaching writing. I hope you'll follow along and maybe even comment or critique a bit!
Title: Penny and Her Song
Written & Illustrated By: Kevin Henkes
Publisher, year: Greenwillow Books, 2012
Suitable For: ages 3-8
Themes/Topics: siblings, self, music, family, love
Opening: Penny came home from school with a song.
(from Amazon) When Penny comes home from school, she is ready to sing her song. But the babies are sleeping, and Mama and Papa are worried that Penny will wake them up. Oh, but it is a good song, a really wonderful song . . . and Penny wants more than anything to sing it.
Links To Resources and ideas for use in the classroom:
When I was King by David Mcphail
Julius the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
What a Good Big Brother by Steve Johnson
The Baby Sister by Tomie dePaola
Why I Like This Book:
I totally adore Kevin Henkes because he shares a simple but powerful message every time. Penny must put her wants behind the babies’ needs for a bit, but then her parents give her their full attention. This is a fantastic book for children who may have younger siblings, but also for creating your own songs. I just loved her and her parents so much. My kids (5 and 6) found it very amusing that everyone changes their clothes for the show and there is a line that says: The babies wore what they were wearing.