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

Rosie’s Magic Horse

Bibliographic Information:  Hoban, R., & Blake, Q. (2012). Rosie’s magic horse. Somerville,MA:Candlewick Press.

Reading Level: Adult Directed/2nd-3rd grade

Synopsis: Rosie’s box of ice-pop sticks magically forms into a talking horse named Stickerino who takes Rosie on a wild adventure!  Hoping to find treasure to help her parents pay the bills, Stickerino distracts a group of pirates so that Rosie can steal their treasure chest.  In the morning, her parents happily discover the treasure chest of gold and the ice-pops go back to sleep until the next adventure!

Rationale for Classroom Use: Reading this book aloud without displaying the illustrations can help students strengthen their imagery skills; an important comprehension skill that takes practice. This book caters to a child’s imagination by including magical events, pirates, and talking animals.  After reading, students can illustrate what they imagined on a blank comic strip.  The class can compare and contrast each other’s vision of what they thought the illustrations in the text looked like based on the story.

Common Core Connection:

SL.1.5: Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

SL.K.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.


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This entry was posted on June 14, 2013 by in Beginner Readers/ Early Readers and tagged , , , .

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