Monkey has dreamed of dragons lately. They’ve haunted his thoughts and his pretend play. It’s his first experience reading a good chapter book, and he just can’t get enough. We’ve been reading the Three Tales of My Father’s Dragon and we’re on the second book, Elmer and the Dragon. By the way, if you’re looking for a great read-aloud for the beginning student, this one is perfect for my six year old’s first chapter book.
Lately, he’s been picking the book up in between my readings, and flipping through the illustrations, trying to guess what comes next. (Like all perfect read alouds, this one is just a little bit above his reading level, and he can only make out a few words here and there and he flips.) He shows me all the pictures and talks seriously about what might be happening soon in our book.
One day he took the book for a while and began making illustrations. All the lovely illustrations are in black and white, and using his memory of the descriptions that I had read he began making his own drawings of characters from the book. First, he made the oddly colored, striped dragon who is such a big part of the book series.
Next, he made the main character of the book, Elmer Elevator. He made him in “black and white,” since Elmer isn’t given much of a description, other than being a boy who is about nine years old.
I’m really tickled that he’s loving this book series so much because he didn’t seem to be too interested when we started the first book. He’d only been interested in picture books before. If you’ll remember, we’ve already created some paper plate lions as we went through the first book.
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