I have been learning how powerful wordless books can be for readers. When I read a wordless book, I have to reread it to gain all my understanding. Anti-bullying lessons will be taught throughout the year. The Last Laugh is a wordless book that could be used with all ages. Each age group can synthesize the message.
The Last Laugh, written by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey is a cute text that will deepen the children’s understanding of bullying and add a little humor too. A snake thinks it’s funny to sneak up on a character and hiss. The hissing noise surprises the character, who jumps. The snake gets a good laugh. When hissing at a duck, the duck flies into the snake’s mouth. When the snake’s friends come by and hiss, the snake only has a quacking sound coming from his throat. The tables turn as the snake friends begin to laugh. More trouble arises as the snake continues to quack.
Savorings for reading and in writing for The Last Laugh:
- Surprise Ending
- Stretching a Scene
(PES Library book)