Stopping by my local library, I found a new book. I always notice the picture books on display behind the circulation desk. I’ve learned that the librarians display their favorite books (well, at least the most current favorite :)). Trick or Treat by Bill Martin Jr. and Michael Sampson was on display. I’ve never seen this book, although the copyright is 2002. that’s what I love about books – they are treasures no matter if brand new or old.
I teach children to take notice of an author’s fingerprints. Each of us have our favorite authors. We begin to notice his or hers style. Recognizing Bill Martin Jr.’s name, I knew some poetic rhyme or rhythm would be used in his book, Trick or Treat?
I wasn’t disappointed. A young boy is ready to go trick-or-treating through his apartment building. After some safety reminders, he heads off with his mom. The text takes you on a numerical journey up ten floors and back down. bill uses a predictable structure for each scene.
At each apartment, the boy is given a treat. Reaching the tenth floor, Magic Merlin delivers a ‘trick’ to the young boy and makes everything “WackBards” (backwards). Descending on each floor, the first letters of each treat title is changed creating a trick. For example, Tangerine Drops change to Dangerine Tops. I had to use the illustrations to create some understanding of the new vocabulary words.
Savorings for reading and in writing for Trick or Treat?:
- Alliteration – each character has the same sound for his/her first and last names
- Safety Tips – the mother reminds her son about the safety tips for trick-or-treating
- Climax – excellent for teaching a the climax of the story; could use a mountain graph
- Possessive – daddy’s hug
- Predictable structure – each person the boy goes to greet says the same thing
- Math – numerical order: second, third, fourth