But there was another suggestion that I couldn't resist. Erin Klein (@KleinErin) suggested that I read my favorite childhood book to my students. How cool is that? Just thinking about it brings back memories. I don't remember many read alouds from my school years, but I do remember this one. As my teacher was reading I could "see" everything happening in my mind. I had so many questions swirling around in my head. Questions like: "Why didn't the brother just eat his way through the whipped cream to get out?" and "Why didn't the little boy follow instructions and come back when he was called?"
I actually have a copy of the book in my classroom collection and I usually share it with my students sometime during the year. But what a great way to start off the year. I just hope they will love it as much as I did. If you haven't already guessed, my favorite childhood book is . . . . The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Huchet.