Today I am linking up with Scarlett over at Speech is Sweet to bring you:
The book I chose to share with you this week is Clara and Asha by Eric Rohmann. I found this book at a surplus and salvage store for just a couple of dollar but it can be purchased on Amazon for around $15 (I have placed an Amazon affiliate link at the end of this post if you are interested in purchasing).
Here is a description of the story straight from Amazon:
In Clara and Asha-- as in Eric Rohmann's Caldecott Medal-winning My Friend Rabbit-- a simple storyline becomes the basis for fun and sophistication. Clara's friend Asha is an enormous fish, which means that hide-and-seek, Halloween, snow days, and afternoons in the park offer surprising opportunities for adventure. With oil paintings that playfully suggest stories within stories and convey great emotional range, this is a captivating book about the special world of a child's imagination--where a giant fish might come to visit, and the things you do and the things you felt with an imaginary friend are intensely real.
This is a very short read, making it great for those 30-minutes speech sessions that always seem to go by so quickly. The pictures are simply lovely and worth much discussion time.
My original thought for using this book was to provide an introduction for talking about things that are 'real' versus things that are 'imaginary' as several of my past students have had trouble finding the line dividing reality from fantasy. The more I thought however, the more ideas I had so I ended up creating a little freebie entitled, "Create Your Own Imaginary Friend". The packet has students answer questions about his/her new friend, provide a description, list qualities of a good friend, and complete a drawing. This can lead to a great lesson targeting answering abstract "wh" questions, descriptive language (the worksheet aligns with visualizing and verbalizing vocabulary) or a lesson on the qualities of a good friend. You can find the activity for free here in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. Please click the button to follow my store while you are there and please leave feedback if you use the activity!
That is all for today! Please don't forget to pop over to Speech is Sweet to check out the rest of the posts in the Linky.