“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Shark Vs. Train. Written by Chris Barton and Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. Little, Brown and Company. c. 2010, 40 pp.
Synopsis: Shark Vs. Train presents a competition between one boy’s toy shark and another boy’s toy train. The two toys determine who would win in the ocean, on a seesaw, giving rides at a carnival, and so on.
Reading Level: 220L
Rationale for Use in the Classroom: This would be great to use with young children as it isn’t very text heavy but would still engage readers as they determine why one toy would beat out the other for each particular contest. The illustrations are colorful and humorous.
CCSS Connection: This book would be great for asking students to describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear as well as comparing and contrasting characters in a story.