Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Book that Jack Wrote by Jon Scieszka


I first heard and fell in love with the writings of Jon Scieszka during my Children's Literature class at ISU. So, when I saw this book on the shelves of my public library I knew that I needed to take it home.

Here are a few short videos, compiling an interview of Jon Scieszka and Reading Rockets:












Before reading, I explained to my daughter that this would follow the storyline of the book The House that Jack Built. She looked at me with an empty face, she was clueless about this classic nursery rhyme. I felt as though I had deprived her of basic literature wisdom, so I made sure to grab a copy. This led to yesterday's reading.

Last night, I was able to share both stories with her and in much delight she loved them both. Phew, that was close!

I too loved the story, The Book that Jack Wrote. A whimsical take on the widely (???) known nursery rhyme. This time Jack wrote a book, rather than built a house. As I read, I also found it to connect with other nursery rhymes: Humpty Dumpty and Hey Diddle Diddle (thankfully, my daughter knew of these).

This backward snowball of a story is a great way to teach students the part of a story and how an author builds on an individual thought which leads to the next, and so on. Could the reading of both stories of Jack, lead to the students writing their own?

This is the coffee that Jeanie made.
This is the creamer that filled the cup, that deliciously paired with the coffee that Jeanie made.
This is the cup that held the creamer and coffee justly so.....

Hmmmm... this could be fun! What would your story be?


I read this book as a part of my #BookaDay Reading Challenge, inspired by Donalyn Miller. My goal is to read at least one children's literature book everyday and share my thoughts here on my blog. Please feel free to subscribe or connect with me on social media to follow my journey through the books I read. Until next time ...

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