Sunday, May 27, 2018

Something Good by Robert Munsch


Ramona Recommends, Picture Book Resource List a free download on Teachers Pay Teachers categorizes Something Good by Robert Munsch as a mentor text for Problem/Solution for Reading & Writing in the Upper Elementary classroom (Grade 3-5). This realistic fiction picture book is told by a little girl who goes grocery shopping with her brother, sister, and father. According to Tyya (the little girl), her father does not buy anything good; only buying bread, eggs, cheese, spinach, etc. Never "ice cream, cookies, chocolate bars, or ginger ale!", exclaims Tyya (p. 1). So, the little girl comes up with a few solutions of her very own; however, this makes her father upset so he has another solution. This leads to another problem, which is resolved in the end.

On the author's website, Robert Munsch reads the story aloud and shares the following explanation of the story:
Something Good started with grocery shopping.Every Thursday I do the family food shopping.First I took along my son Andrew and then I took along my daughter Tyya.I was shopping once and I noticed another little girl sitting in her mother’s cart. She was sitting so still. I said to myself “Wow! Look at that little girl. She could almost be a doll.”That doll idea stayed in my head and eventually it turned into the story Something Good.The kids in it are my own kids and my wife Ann appears in the last page.I am the father who always gets mad at the little kid for buying all the sugary food.The week after this book came out I was taking Tyya through the supermarket and she decided she wanted sugary marshmallow cereal. I never get that for her.Well, she had a great big screaming fit and I dragged her through the whole supermarket while she yelled and screamed and told everybody what a bad daddy I was and how mean I was.All the while I was pulling her through the store and saying “I’m glad I wrote that story. I’m glad I wrote that story. I’m glad I wrote that story.”
As a mother of three children of my own, I can relate to the problem within the story and am thankful that I was able to be creative in my parenting to find a solution before my children did. I recommend this book for mothers, fathers, family members, and children who have had the experience of going grocery shopping with each other.

In the classroom, I would use this as a mentor text to help students find problem and solution in the story. Then have them write their own problem and solution realistic fiction story.

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I am so glad that I borrowed this book at our public library today for my Summer Reading #BookaDay Challenge. You can read more about this challenge here. I wonder what adventure tomorrow's book will take me on?

Until then ...

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