“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliography: Written by William Joyce, Illustrated by William Joyce & Joe Bluhm, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, New York, 2012, 48 pgs.
Reading Level: AD 650L (Adult-Directed, K-2)
Synopsis: Mr. Morris Lessmore loves books more than anything else. After his books, including his treasured journal, are lost in a storm, he looses his direction in life. A lady flying by in the sky changes his tune by sending him a book that helps him find his way again.
Classroom Rationale: Students can analyze the message in the story and have a discussion about the circular plot. Students could explain how Mr. Lessmore solves the obstacle of losing his books and his way and what he has learned through his experiences. This is a good book for character analysis.
Common Core: Retell the story and figure out the theme or lesson from the story (RL 2.3). Explain how the character handles problematic circumstances in the story (RL 2.2)