Mo Willems is one of my favorite Children’s Book authors. This is a great story to get the kids giggling. I try to have students “read” the pigeon’s body language to introduce them to the concept that there are ways to communicate visually.
Kids love reading this one with me. I have them play the part of Froggy and yell “WHAAAAAAAAT” and the ending always give everyone the giggles. I usually use this kindergarten, but last winter, I realized that I had some 3rd and 4th grade students who hadn’t heard the story and so I read it to them, too. They loved it as much as the kindergarten students.
This is a quick little book that I used this year to introduce my Kindergarten owl paintings and it had all the right elements. It had a little bit of science (habitat and sleep patterns) as well an interesting story that held the interest of my wiggliest classes.
I love this book! I have my students paint monsters and then they do a little writing reflection on what their monster would do if it lost its mean.