Stanley’s Little Sister is the newest book in the Stanley series. (Check out the giveaway Kids Can Press is doing for readers of this blog post. Details follow at the bottom of this post.) It’s written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Bill Slavin for children in pre-school through second grade. While the characters in this text are animals, the storyline deals with a universal theme: getting a new brother or sister. While I liked the story in this book, I noticed a way it can be used in the writing classroom.
Many students write about their pets when they’re drafting small moment stories/personal narratives. Even though children live with their pets day in and day out, they struggle to find the “words” to capture the sounds their animals make. While I’ve never had a dog or a cat, I know they make lots of sounds with their mouths and with their bodies that go beyond “meow” and “woof.” Therefore, Stanley’s Little Sister is an excellent book to share with students who are writing about their pets. There are many examples of animals sounds and movements that Bailey captures with words in the text. Click on the images below to view examples of the types of animal sounds Bailey created in Stanley’s Little Sister:
If your students are the kinds of kids who need a little nudge to get them writing more descriptively about their pets, then Stanley’s Little Sister is a mentor text you’ll want to have in your classroom library.
Thanks to Kids Can Press, we’re hosting a giveaway of all five books in the Stanley Series. To win the books, including Stanley’s Little Sister, leave a comment about this post, in the comments section of this post by Thursday, October 28th at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. A random drawing will take place on Sunday morning, October 31st and the winner’s name will be announced in a blog post later that day in a follow-up blog post. Please be sure to leave a valid e-mail address when you post your comment (Your e-mail address will not be published online.) so I can contact you to obtain your mailing address. Once I receive your mailing address, I’ll pass it along to my contact in the marketing department at Kids Can Press who will ship all five books out to the lucky winner.
A review copy of this book was provided by Kids Can Press.
Material from Stanley’s Little Sister is used by permission of Kids Can Press Ltd. Text © 2010 Linda Bailey. Illustrations © 2010 Bill Slavin.
Literacy Consultant. Author. Former 4th and 5th Grade Classroom Teacher.