The stories she was familiar with helped her when getting stuck on a word. Not only did she recognize a lot of words from sight, but from knowing the story's plot and ending. She was able to guess what words might be from what she knew would happen. Sometimes she'd get it, other times we had to help her out. It helped her learn some unfamiliar words and gave her confidence in her reading.
Another benefit of learning plot lines to help her read is her ability to guess what will happen in a story. She's read so many stories, halfway through the book she'll announce how it will end. We always encourage her to think about the stories, but sometimes she totally will ruin an ending for us.
Today we're sharing some of our favorite silly books she loved and loves to read and reread:
Wacky Wednesday by Theo LeSieg
This story still makes her giggle every time we read it. One of our favorite parts is counting the out of sort things on each page. It's from the days when Seuss was Geisel and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist George Booth.
Pie's thoughts - "It's just so wacky!"
But No Elephants by Jerry Smath
This book was a hand-me-down from my childhood, thanks to grandma. Poor old grandma Tildy! Just trying to make it through the hard winter. Luckily she finds some helpful pets to pitch in, but NO elephants.
Pie's thoughts - "A pet keeper keeps coming back and tries to sell her an elephant!"
Pigs to the Rescue by John Himmelman
We love all of John Himmelman's books! They're funny and beautifully illustrated. Be sure to check out the Chickens, Cows, and Duck to the Rescue versions too.
Pie's thoughts - "The best part is when the cows come! And when the pigs tie up the little girl."
Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
A classic story you probably remember from your own childhood, this story is perfect for bedtime. Frank Asch has written many books with this adorable moonbear, if you have a fan.
Pie's thoughts - "A bear gets to talk to the moon, but not really, it's his echo!"