Read Aloud and Book Response Prompts for Upper Elementary and Middle School Readers
I recently finished this endearing story and I’m so excited to share it with you and my students. Cory Leonardo has written a story following the point of view of a pessimistic parrot trying to take care of his sister, a life-loving, lonely elderly woman, and a young boy who wants to be a doctor. As the characters’ lives intersect, parallel, and grow from their relationships, the book includes themes of loss, love, and learning to find gratitude.
Along with just being an enjoyable read, one that just makes you feel happy and good, the possibilities for reading comprehension lessons based on the text are great! And if you’re like me, if I can use the same text for my read aloud, and pull snippets for my mentor and comprehension lessons, I’m feeling like a winner. Take this quote from the book for a tiny example:
I love this book for the connections we can make. I love this book for the discussions we’ll have about the effects of point of view and perspective. I love this book for the comparisons about characters. I love this book because of the possibilities it creates for so many discussions about theme. I love this book for the possibilities the authored created in analyzing use of language and craft. Yep, so many wonderful possible class discussions ahead!
This sweet story is definitely one you’ll want to add to your options for read aloud and on your classroom library shelf. I think it’s perfect for upper elementary and middle readers.
And while I love this book as just a read aloud option, no strings attached, if you’d like to double your impact, grab a copy of my The Simple Art of Flying Book Response Prompts here.