Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Pictures Only: Wordless Picture Books

This week's READ-4-LUCK pick (the feature that acts as a recommendation, review, teaching tip, and writing lessonis The Secret Box by Barbara Lehman. 
Times change. Cities may grow large. Summers may come and go. And people might grow old, but the one thing that always remains the same is the desire for adventure. You'll never know what you'll find when you look inside.
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Year: 2011
Word Count: 0
Book Level: 1.2 ?

 Can't read? No problem! Story-telling skills will be challenged and enhanced. Great pictures and lots of fun! 

 Absolutely delightful. Very fun to "read" WITH your children, for sure! You'll be turning the pages back and forth, over and over again. A great mystery to discover.

Teachers can use this to generate stories. Students will HAVE to tell it in their own words. Could even be used in conjunction with an art lesson, a history lesson, or to introduce the importance of memory.

 Sometimes it's fun to take a break from words. This is a fun visual delight!

YOUR TURN: Think of a time when you found something you treasured and write about it. Or write about the first time you visited the beach. Or write about a secret that you and a friend still share. Or go page by page and summarize each scene...with words. I bet the magic just fades away. Although when reading it with my children, I did tell them the story verbally with my own words to help them internalize the events taking place.


  1. Wow! This sounds excellent. *wishing I'd had this idea* I'll have to buy this. Thanks for telling us about it. :-)

  2. My kids would love that, they hate too many words but love pictures.


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