Monday, August 30, 2010

Books without Words

I tricked my kids into reading stories to each other.  Bwah-ha-ha-ha!!!

A couple of weeks ago we were having a slow day.  Our marathon trip to New York City with cousin Emily had tired everyone out.  The kids were sitting around the table eating lunch and grouching at each other.  We needed something to change the mood--Fast!
Do-it-yourself storytelling! That's cousin Emily's custom window paint in the background!

I grabbed the first library book I could find, and the kids moaned, "Aww, Mom!  That book doesn't even have words!"  "Hey, no problem," I thought, and I continued anyway.  It was a nifty looking picture book called Chalk, by Bill Thomson.

I started ad-libbing a story about a kid named Herbert to go with Thomson's illustrations.  Soon, the kids were begging to tell their own story!  I handed the book to my nine year old next.  She began,
"Parvati Patil, Lavender Brown, and Dean Thomas were walking along the road to Hogwarts.  It was raining.  Suddenly, they came upon a strange green statue of a Norwegian Ridgeback dragon.  It had Albus Dumbledore's hat in his mouth...."
I never knew books without words could be so exciting!  To tell you the truth, if I had realized Chalk didn't have words, I probably wouldn't have checked it out.  I just grabbed it for that beautifully plastic dinosaur on the front cover.  It's a great book, though!  Even our five year old, who's not reading on his own yet, could join in on the storytelling fun.  As for baby brother... he laughs when everyone else is laughing!

Now I'm on the lookout for more books without words.  What a great, quick way to change a crabby day!

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