A Secret Keeps
by?Marsha Wilson Chall
illus by Heather Solomon
Carolrhoda Books, 2012
[Read Part 1 here.]
And now the book is starting to have rhyme. “I’ll be there in two sleeps where A SECRET KEEPS.” I love rhyme. [CCRA.R.4] And it’s interesting that that special font for “a secret keeps” draws so much extra attention to it. I wonder which came first, the title or this line in the book? [CCRA.R.7]
Chall, the author, uses lots of near rhyme, too. That’s words that sound similar but don’t rhyme exactly. Like roasting and toast. And then golden and molten. That makes this fun to read aloud. [CCRA.R.4]
One of my favorite lines in the whole book is:
Night tucks in around us
and rustles in the dark.
Right away, it makes me think of a poem I adore by Drew Lamm. I have it on an index card and use it sometimes in classes as a mentor poem.
—C. Drew Lamm, all rights reserved
I like how both Marsha Chall?and Drew Lamm have night doing all sorts of things that it can’t literally do in two different forms, picture book story and poem. [CCRA.R.9] [CCRA.R.5] But that’s what makes it an amazing poem or image. It’s like magic!
To be continued…
In this blog feature, I share a picture book I really enjoy and externalize my process of reading it–and then I go back and add in the CCSS Anchor Standards that my reading thoughts relate to. I’m hoping this will be useful for those of you who are?educators sharing books with kids and perhaps give you ideas of some?elements you could include?in your book discussions.