“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: Immi’s Gift. Written by Karin Littlewood. Peachtree Publishers, Ltd. c. 2010, 32pp.
Reading Level: 560L
Synopsis: A young Innuit girl catches brightly colored objects while ice fishing in the frozen north, and she uses them to decorate her igloo until the ice begins to melt. She drops a gift of her own in the ice before leaving for the season, and eventually a young boy at a tropical beach finds the gift.
Rationale for Use: This text would be great to use to introduce elementary students to multicultural literature. Teachers could use this text to facilitate conversations among students in large and small groups, and work on identifying key details in a text with first grade students.
Common Core Connection: SL 1.1a: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 1 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups. Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion). RL 1.1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.