“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog. Written and illustrated by Mo Willems. New York: Hyperion Books for Children, c2004.
Reading Level: Lexile A300L
Synopsis: The Pigeon finds a hot dog, which he loves. However, a duckling comes along and asks all kinds of questions about the hot dog because he has never had one before. Pigeon starts to feel guilty and ends up splitting the hot dog with the duckling.
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: great practice for reading with expression, great partner reading book because of the dialogue between the two characters
Content Area Connections:
Literacy- vocabulary instruction, cause and effect
Possible Areas of Concern: using the illustrations to tell the story since the text does not tell it all, some of the words are difficult for the young readers who pick up this book (sensation, morsel, celebration, etc.)