Sunday, February 24, 2019

Spot the Plot: A Riddle Book of Book Riddles by J. Patrick Lewis and Lynn Munsinger

I found a like new copy of Spot the Plot at my local library book sale. The author is J. Patrick Lewis and the darling art was created by Lynn Munsinger.

Inside are thirteen riddles that tell the plot of a children's storybook. I knew all but one and that was because I've not read Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester.

For example:
Dear Mr. Farmer

This letter we're typing
goes under griping!
This barn is too cold,
not climate-controlled.
If we have to shiver,
we don't deliver.
No bedding? No butter.
No blankets? No udder.

Stop the madness.
End the battle.

Sincerely yours,

The Cattle

This is the plot of Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Betsy Lewin.

This book is great for little kids, but it would work wonderfully in a middle or high school classroom to teach about summarizing and how to create a riddle with a summary. It would also be fun for students to make riddles out of their own favorite children's books.

Storybooks are such a great tool to use in the classroom with older children. It allows them to revisit those sweet memories of being read to (if they were read to - if not that just breaks my heart). It also allows a lesson to not feel so stressful because picture books are so accessible.

Read to a child today even if that child is you.

These darling children, Mia and Mylo, sat out in the snow selling hot chocolate and art to raise money to buy books for the NICU babies. They were NICU babies born at 26 weeks weighing 1 lb 7 oz and 1 lb 11 oz. Now they are helping others and making our world a better place. Precious, precious children.

They delivered books to the NICU and gave the rest to our project. These are the books they sent to me, and each book has their picture and story on it.

Link to our NICU book registry if you'd like to donate books to babies in the newborn intensive care unit so their parents can read to them while they grow. You can also donate gently used books to our project by sending them to me or to Angie. Email me for a mailing address. We can use both English and Spanish books. If you have a graduate of the NICU, or if you have a baby whose life you would like to honor by donating books to this project, let me know, and I can make a book plate with their name for the books you donate.

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