The Little Red Pen is an excellent read aloud book for kids up to the third grade. This book is written by New York Times best-selling authors and sisters Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel. When you first glance at the cover of the book it grabs you with colorful, detailed art work. Inside, the story is fun and entertaining. This book incorporates a variety of teaching and learning tools that can be used by parents and teachers such as personification, color names, vocabulary, the Spanish language and the use of teamwork.
The Little Red Pen asks the other characters of the book to help her save the world by getting the students papers graded. Stapler, Pencil, Highlighter, Eraser, Pushpin, Scissors and Stapler don’t want to help out because they are afraid they will get used up and end up in the trash can. So Little Red Pen begins to grade the papers alone until she falls over exhausted and lands in the garbage. Now the other characters must band together as a team to get Little Red Pen out of her predicament. The book shows how those who are very different from each other can use their skills to work together.
In the beginning of the book each character is revealed with some very funny traits. Kids can talk about the personification of the objects in the book: Little Red Pen, Scissors, Eraser, Pencil, Stapler and Highlighter- and how each thing is represented as a person. Kids can learn about the multiple meanings of words as each character makes statements about themselves such as Scissors comment on how he is a “sharp guy“. The push pin is actually Spanish and her funny phrases add a multicultural aspect and Spanish vocabulary to the story. Children can learn about colors as they look at Little Red Pen and the other characters.
This book is fun for adults and kids alike. It provides excellent discussion at home or in school. Here are some questions to get you started:
Who is your favorite character in the book and why? What qualities does that character have that makes them special? What qualities do you have that make you special?
What do Scissors, Pencil, Eraser, Highlighter, Stapler and Push Pin say when Little Red Pen asks them for help grading the papers? What does Little Red Pen do?
How do Scissors and the others work together as a team? Tell me about a time you worked with others as a team.
What color are each of the different characters?
Some words have more than one meaning. What are the two meanings of each of these words in the book: sharp, blunt and bright.
A fun exercise would be for the children to gather as many of the objects from the story that they can find and label them.
To order online go to http://www.amazon.com/Little-Red-Susan-Stevens-Crummel/dp/015206432X. There is also a video clip introduction to the story to watch here.
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Barnes and Noble 850-383-0600 at 2415 North Monroe St Ste 525
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