by Crosby Bonsall
Reading Level 1.2
|Setting:||The yard of Stanley the Dog|
|Characters:||little boy, Stanley the Dog, and a cat|
|Plot:||Stanley is on the other side of the fence, and a little boy really wants him to come out and play, but Stanley will not. So the little boy pretends he does not care and tries to entice Stanley by telling him he is building something wonderful.|
|Solution:||Finally, Stanley comes bounding out from behind the fence and makes a terrible mess but the little boy is still happy to have his friend back.|
|Summary:||A little boy is sitting on his front step waiting for his dog, Stanley, to appear. The boy becomes impatient and finally starts yelling at Stanley to come out from behind the fence. When Stanley won't come, the boy tells him he doesn't care and says that he will play without him. He begins building a [special thing.] The entire time he does this, however, he continues to yell at Stanley, saying he doesn't want Stanley to come out anymore. He says, [And I mean it, Stanley.] Finally, Stanley does come out and destroys the thing the little boy built, but all is forgiven in the end.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Pet unit, character education—forgiveness|
Ask students, [Has anyone ever had friends come to play who won't play what you want them to?] Let the children tell their stories, but without using any names. Ask what they did in this situation.
Show students the drawing on the cover of the book and have them look closely at the little boy's face. Ask the children, [Does he look happy? How do you mink he feels? Who do you think Stanley is?] Show the title page and the pages that follow, and have the students pay special attention to the little boy. How do his actions change? Ask them what they think is the problem.
In the picture on the title page, there is a big barrel with an assortment of junk. Have the students close their eyes and picture something they could make with the junk.
Discuss the title page and the information found there. Explain why it is important to look at all the pages at the beginning of a book. Pictures can tell part of the story.