by Else Holmelund Minarik
Reading Level 2.6
|Setting:||The home of Rosa and Willy and Cousin Joan|
|Characters:||Rosa, Willy, and Cousin Joan|
|Plot:||Cousin Joan really wants to read, but Rosa and Willy keep bothering each other and will not sit still and read. So Cousin Joan tries to settle them by telling a story.|
|Solution:||Cousin Joan tells the children a story about alligators fighting and biting, which helps Rosa and Willy to realize that reading their books is a much more pleasant activity.|
|Summary:||Cousin Joan is trying to read her book, and Rosa and Willy want to sit with her, but they keep squeezing and pinching each other. Cousin Joan is reading a book about alligators, so she tells them a story about big hungry alligator and about how alligators fight and bite each other. But even when she finishes the story, the children have more questions about the big hungry alligator, so Cousin Joan has to tell them another story. This time the mother alligator makes the little alligators promise to listen to her when she says, [No fighting, no biting.] Cousin Joan hopes the story will teach Rosa and Willy a lesson, and finally it does.|
|Curriculum Connections:||Storytelling unit, animal unit, character education—getting along|
Ask the children if they ever have trouble getting along with their brothers and sisters. Let a few children tell their story. Explain that siblings often do have arguments. Ask them to think about why that is.
Show the students some of the pictures in the book and have them notice the facial expressions of all three characters. Ask why they think they look the way they do. What might be happening?
Have students do the following exercise: Imagine that you and a brother or sister or friend are not getting along. What would you do to solve the problem?
The illustrator of this book is famous. Show the children some other books that Maurice Sendak has illustrated. Ask what they think makes him a good illustrator.