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

There’s a Wolf at the Door

Bibliographic Information:  Written by:  Zoe Alley, Illustrated by:  R.W. Alley, Published by:  Roaring Book Press, 2008, 40pp. wolf

Reading Level:  GN 490 L (Graphic Novel)

Synopsis:   This adorable book tells the tale of five traditional stories:  The Three Little Pigs, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, The Wolf and The Seven Little Goslings.   Alley puts a modern spin on each of these stories by writing them in graphic novel form.  The Wolf is a central character in each of the stories and at the end the poor wolf is considering becoming a vegetarian because in each of his travels he is always out smarted by the other animals.

Rationale for Use:  This would be a great way to teach one aspect of traditional literature.  Teachers could acquire several different versions of the same story (such as The Three Little Pigs) and have students compare and contrast the different versions.  I think this book would be great for students who like comic books because this entire book is a graphic novel.

Common Core Connection:  This book could be used to meet Common Core standards by having students explain how the illustrations in the text contribute to the story.  Students could also describe the actions of the characters and how they affected the sequence of events in the story.

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This entry was posted on June 19, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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