Today we read a familiar book to many students, Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Willems. Many of the children love Mo Willems because they read the Piggie and Elephant books, but Mo Willems writes other books too! Mo Willems used his daughter as the inspiration for this book. Trixie and the father go to run an errand one day. Ask me to tell you what an errand is. They go to the laundrymat, but while loading the machines, Trixie's beloved stuffie Knuffle Bunny is loaded into the washer. On the way home she realizes her bunny is missing and tries to communicate this to her father. Ask me to tell you how Trixie does this. The dad thinks Trixie is just getting fussy, but when they arrive at home, the mother immediately knows what the problem is. The story has a happy ending of course! There are two other books with Trixie and Knuffle Bunny that we will be reading in the next few days. Today we focused on looking at how a characters feelings change throughout the story. We are looking at expanding the types of feelings students identify. They often will just identify happy and sad, but we are really looking at more specific feelings. Today we talked about how Trixie was upset, not sad. She also was frustrated because she was not talking yet and couldn't communicate to her father what was wrong.
Have a nice evening!