Mentor Text Thursday: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

Are you familiar with Candace Fleming and G. Brian Karas’  bookMuncha!  Muncha!  Muncha!?  This fun, upbeat book has been a favorite of mine (and my kids) for many years.  Not only is it a pleasure to read, but it is filled with potential minilessons.

Here is the synopsis on the book from Candace’s website:

Tippy, tippy, tippy, Pat!

That’s the sound three hungry bunnies make when the sun goes down and the moon comes up and Mr. McGreely’s garden smells yum, yum, yummy. While he’s dreaming of his mouth-watering carrots, the bunnies are diving over fences and swimming trenches to get the veggies first!

Hammer, hammer, hammer, Saw!

That’s the sound Mr. McGreely makes when the sun comes up and the moon goes down and he sees what those twitch-whiskers have done….Nibbled leaves! Empty stalks! Mr. McGreely will build something bigger and better, sure to keep even pesky puff-tails away.

Some ideas for minilessons:

  • A repeating line
  • A problem at the beginning, more than three attempts to solve the problem, a solution at the end
  • An unexpected ending (with only a picture)
  • Onomatopoeia
  • A series of three in sentences:  “He dreamed of getting his hands dirty, of growing yummy vegetables, and of gobbling them all up.”
  • Using character emotion to make the story come to life
  • Using humor in both pictures and words
  • Interesting use of the exclamation point

So I could continue this list until there were a hundred teaching points . . . but instead, why not grab the book from the library and snuggle in for a great read and a rich resource for teaching students about narrative?  Happy reading!

By the way, Candace’s website is an excellent resource.  I met her this summer and she is a warm and lovely person.  On her site, there is also a teacher resource for Muncha!  Muncha!  Muncha! filled with ideas for connecting this book to other content areas.

Candace also writes wonderful nonfiction picture books.  Her latest, The Lincolns:  A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary, recieved numerous awards.  This is another great text to check out.  And I cannot wait for The Great and Only Barnum:  The Tremendous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum to arrive on my doorstep in October!  (I’ve preordered it because I’m drawn to books about the history of the circus and adore Cadance Fleming’s writing.)

Happy Reading!