Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are. Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. New York: HarperCollins Children’s Books, c1963.

Reading Level: Lexile 740L

Synopsis: Max was a mischievous child and was sent to bed without dinner. His mother called him a “wild thing” so his imagination took him into a forest of wild creatures. Max enjoyed doing wild things with these wild creatures. However, the smell of Max’s dinner that his mother put in his room brings him back to reality.

Rationale for Use in the Classroom: great read aloud

Content Area Connections:

Literacy- fantasy

Possible Areas of Concern: distinguishing fantasy from reality, telling the story through the illustrations on the pages that have no text


About jdierk

I am a first-grade teacher working on my MEd in Elementary Education with a focus in literacy.

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This entry was posted on November 3, 2012 by in Picturebooks.

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