|HarperCollins Publishers, 2002|
Gabbler and his wife are thrilled with their first egg and horrified when it disappears.Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Word Count: 628
Book Level: 3.2
CHILDREN: Well, kids love animals. And rhymes. This book has both! My favorite illustration is the owl with the eye patch. Very cute.
PARENTS: If you feel like going all out, you could read it in lots of fun voices. It could open up a discussion about honesty and friendship.
TEACHERS: Could use in Kindergarten or 1st grade to introduce an egg unit, or a rhyming unit, or combine the two! A fun read aloud.
WRITERS: Can you say WORD PLAY? Super fun! Makes it more fun for children, parents, and teachers, too! Alliteration: "he was puffed up with pride," "the Egg tipped and tottered and tumbled away." Onomatopoeia: with a PISH! and a POP!" Assonance: "his wife by his side...trying to hide." Internal rhyme: "Kit tripped and she slipped." Powers of three: "who laughed, jeered, and sneered." And plenty more mixed into the action and adventure. YOUR TURN: Try incorporating some of these awesome literary techniques into your own stories, rhyming or not.
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