Title: If You Plant A Seed
Reference: Kadir, N. (2015). If You Plant a Seed. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers.
Brief Annotation: A mouse and a rabbit plant seeds and when the seeds finally grow into vegetables nearby birds take notice and want some of their vegetables. The rabbit and mouse do not want to share and fight the birds; this made everyone sad so they decided to share and the birds thanked them by helping them grow a bigger garden to share with all the animals nearby.
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Grade Level: Ages 4-8 (I could not find the AR reading level but these ages were provided by the publisher’s website).
Interest level: PreK-1 students would enjoy this book.
Personal Response: I thought that this book did a great job of showing the consequences of selfishness and the benefits of sharing. This book targets ages where students are very egocentric and consider everything they see and want as theirs. This book can help to explain the effects of this type of thinking in a way that the students will understand.
Text-Dependent Question: “What happened after the mouse and rabbit shared their vegetables with the birds?”
Reading Strategy from Tompkins:
- A) Process Drama
- B) I would tell the class that the purpose of this activity is to “explore the effects of our actions.” I would then give them the imaginary scene and situation. They would then pick roles and act it out. After they act out the story, I would ask them questions about the little play and about their characters. I would then have them do a written reflection of some kind followed by a class discussion so that we could talk about their reflections and experience with this dramatic event.
- C) This is a strategy that is marked as usable by PreK-1 graders. This book teaches a very important lesson that kids this age need to learn in order to make friends and function well in a classroom environment. I like the idea of dramatizing the event because it takes the words/moral out of the book and into their hands. They get to experience the feelings and reflect on the message’s meaning to them and their emotions. I think that this will help solidify the moral of the story.