Thursday, May 7, 2020

Two Short Stories #11

Today I will be highlighting two short stories.
One of them is an action paced short story and the other book is a wordless picture book.

Let's dive right in.

Title: Smash and Grab
Author: Joe Albanese
Pages: 52

What I really liked about this book was how it slowly reveals the relationships between different characters in this book. You get thrown right into the story, without explanation and that's also the storyline throughout the book.

The way nothing is explained, was quite mysterious and that made this a very clever story.

I didn't really like the negative vibe that was going on, with drugs, booze and criminality, but in the end I was like; What goes around comes around. The book turned out to be wrapped up nicely and I finished this book with a smirk on my face!

The book has a clever ending and I like how the plot was finished up. I didn't really root for anybody in this book, but was happy with the outcome. 

Title: Treasure in the Trunk
Author: Linda Macritchie-Graf
Pages: 34

This is a wordless picture book and I could already see the endless possibilities to use this in class. You can use it for little ones, before they really learn how to read. They can just make up the story and be pretend-reading.

I like how children can look for relationships between people and objects in the book themselves.

What I'm missing, now that there are no words, is that children will not learn new words for their vocabulary. Which is really important for younger kids.

The book had some (probably for kids) unknown objects which you can let kids speculate about; what is it used for? I could also see possibilities for my 5th/6th Grade class, they could use the beautiful pictures to make up their own story, and to write about it.

Both books were fun to read and definitely worth the time.
Did you read any good short stories lately?

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