“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliographic Information: Bella’s Boat Surprise (My 1st Graphic Novel). Written by Christianne C. Jones and illustrated by Mary Sullivan. Stone Arch Books. c., 2010.
Reading Level: 5 and up
Synopsis: Bella is excited about her first boat ride and is imagining what type of adventures she will have. When she realizes it is a motor boat, she gets disappointed and is not excited about her boat ride anymore. Bella changes her mind when she tries something for the first time.
Rationale for Classroom Use: This book would be good to use to introduce students to graphic novels. The beginning of the book has a description of how to read a graphic novel and different parts of a graphic novel. It could be used to introduce reluctant readers to comic books.
Common Core Connection: This could be used to introduce students to various text types.