Imaginative Boys

July 30, 2011

I love the imagination that springs from this text. Two young boys. Two favorite toys. One ultimate challenge.

Shark vs. Train shares the imaginative play of two boys, challenging each other to a competition. Depending on the setting, either the shark dominates the train or visa-versa. Tom Lichtenheld begins with showing two boys playing with their toys that evolves into the full-page visualization of the imaginative play.  Chris Barton shows the importance of the story setting effect with conflict. You get a great sense of perspective too.

Tammy and I shared this book at the AllWrite!!! Summer Institute this past June. My friend, Tammy, explained that after reading this book to her first grade class, students began creating their own books with two objects challenging the other. The mentor text provides a springboard for students to practice perspective even at a young age. We first were introduced to this text by our friend, Ruth, on TwoWritingTeachers.

Savorings for reading in and writing for Shark vs. Train:

  • Onomatopoeia – lots of sounds that young boys use
  • Perspective
  • Compare/Contrast – who is tougher
  • Every day events – imagination with toys
  • Speech Bubbles