Long long ago, when my own children were preschoolers, we read the same books night after night after night! My son ADORED Sandra Boyton's The Going to Bed Book. I did not need to look at the text in order to read the nightly pick.....! In fact, when HIS son began to adore the book many years later,, I still did not need to look at the printed words...
The sun has set not long ago.
Now everybody goes below
to take a bath in one big tub
with soap all over—
SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!
Recently, my two year old grandchildren came upon Mem Fox's Night Noises amidst my carefully-culled for them bookcase. I have used the text as a mentor text for "sound words" and "adjectives" but not for much else over the years and so at first I was amazed at their shared enjoyment of the story! So, I've been thinking about what makes that Mem Fox classic work?
Then, I remembered a quote from Dennis Abrams Scholastic that I keep in my writer's note book as a reminder of my need to publish someday,,,,
A great book is…