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

Annie and Snowball and the Shining Star


Bibliography:  Written by Cynthia Rylant, Illustrated by Sucie Stevenson, Aladdin, New York, 2009, 40 pgs.

Reading Level: AD 400L (adult directed) (K-2)

Synopsis:  Annie is going to be a star in the class play and she gets nervous about being on stage.  She goes to Henry and Mudge’s house to practice.  By imagining her pet bunny Snowball as a glittering star like her own character, Annie is able to shine on stage.

Classroom: Students can discuss how Annie’s feelings change in the book and what she has learned from this experience.  Students can retell the events in the story and discuss the problem and the solution.

Common Core: Students can explain how they knew Annie felt nervous from the illustrations (RL 1.7), find phrases in the story that tell how Annie feels (RL 1.4), and recall key details of the story (RL 1.2)


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This entry was posted on June 3, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers and tagged , , .

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