Willems, M. (2007). There is a bird on your head! New York: Hyperion.
Title: There Is a Bird on Your Head!
Reference: Willems, M. (2007). There is a bird on your head! New York: Hyperion.
Brief Annotation: This is a cute tale about two friends, a pig and an elephant. The pig tells elephant there is a bird on his head, and as elephant wishes it would be gone, more and more things keep appearing, to elephant’s dismay and pig’s delight. Eventually pig gives elephant some great advice, which brings the problem upon pig.
Grade level: K-2
Readers who might be interested in this book: Children who might be interested in this book are ones who are learning about friendship, patience, or communication. This story is a good way to show the power of communication, and what can happen when you find humor in other people’s misery.
Rating/Response: I would give this book a 4, it was so cute, and humorous. It was interesting, but also taught that the way to get what you want is through communicating. The illustrations were so funny and adorable, they really made the story enjoyable.
Text Dependent Question: How many eggs were on the elephant’s head?
Story Retelling; Page 134
Tompkins, G. E. (2013). 50 literacy strategies: step by step. Boston: Pearson.
For this book the students could retell the story in order to show what they retained from the story when it was read aloud. This can show that they are paying attention, and understand the plot of the story. This is a short book with very few words, which means that younger readers could retell it more easily. This can test their comprehension of the story.