Thursday, November 17, 2011

Picture Book Month: The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash -Cause & Effect

Trinka Hakes Noble's hilarious use of flashback and deadpan storytelling paired with Steven Kellogg's hilarious, chaotic illustrations make the story of a fiasco on the farm an enjoyable read, even for older kids and adults.  A girl returns home after an excursion to a farm and when her mother asks her about her day she slowly unrolls her day of chaos that didn't get exciting until the cow started crying. 

What it looks like in the Middle:
My own children loved this book, as all boys do, but in the classroom, this is a great way to quickly model cause and effect. The fact that the story is told backwards is even more effective for teaching cause and effect.  
Why was the cow crying? 
Well the farmer hit a haystack that fell on her.
Why did the farmer hit the haystack?
He was distracted by the pigs that had overrun the bus.

The illustrations and all the side stories within those pictures just brings the idea of cause and effect home for the students. It's a fun romp and a less intimidating lesson when this book is used.

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