Bill Martin Jr. is an author who brings rhythm and rhyme to the his writing. Although this text, The Turning of the Year, is short, the words are rich. It was like savoring each bite of Turtle Cheesecake. The text takes you through each month of the year – with only two lines per page.
Greg Shed, the illustrator, infers so much more with his illustrations. One painted page shows a scene from a typical day. On the text page, Greg scatters items that represent other activities. These clues lift the level of comprehension, especially for younger children.
Savorings in reading and in writing for The Turning of the Year:
- Context Clues – rich vocabulary
- Class book idea – your students could create a page about activities happening each month for the school year
- Repeating Structure – each month has activities
- Personification – “earth fashions green“
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