Yesterday, we ran out of time to do our afternoon picture book read aloud. But . . . I had already showed the trailer for Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay and students were eager to read it.
“Aww!” they exclaimed when I announced we didn’t have time. “Tomorrow?”
Tomorrow was today and we had an all day field trip to Science World, but I thought we might be back in time and put Read Aloud in our day plan pocket chart.
“That book? Will we read it today, Ms. Gelson?” I was asked many times.
We returned to school with 23 minutes before the bell. Coats away. Carpet. Mindful breathing. Time for a read aloud. But just! Within minutes, the room was quiet. Students were captured. We entered Marie-Louise Gay‘s imagination, learned about her story conjuring process and heard a wonderful story . . .
I read the last word at 2:59 p.m. and students rushed to tell me favourite parts:
“I like the giant because he is so huge. And the purple beast!”
“I saw Stella and Sam I think.”
“It was funny that the monster’s name was Fluffy!”
“I like all of the details and speech bubbles. I know she wrote it but it kinda seemed like kids wrote it.”
“I spotted a little Stella! I did.”
Rushing kids out the door heading out to do afternoon supervision, I still had the book in my hand. Near the playground, talk about the book continued:
“My favourite part was the end pages – it looks like she dipped markers in water.”
“I like all of the little stories inside of the book.”
“Do we get to read it again tomorrow? I want to look at all of the answers in the back.”
I used the book to cheer up someone who had fallen.
“Do you want to see a purple beast?”
Look at this smile!
Then I started getting requests.
“Can I see that book too? What was the page you just showed?”
I, of course, was happy to share. But when I asked for the book back, others were not happy to return it 🙂
However, after the book love could be shared with some others . . . I got my book back. Isn’t that how it should be? Stories are meant to be shared and shared and shared.
Got it? Because if you have any questions, here’s the book for that:
Any Questions? by Marie Louise Gay is a perfect book to celebrate for Picture Book Month