Kids are strong-willed. They want to do things their own way. Parents try to warn them, to protect them, but sometimes the kids have to figure out life the hard way. In If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T by Elise Parsley, the little girl makes promises that she will be careful with her piano. Her mother warns her not to lose it (how can she lose a piano?).
“You’ll tell her that it’s okay. You will hold on tight to your piano and keep it neat and clean and you’ll even promise to push it to the beach yourself-cross your heart.
But on the way, your arms will get heavy. Then your legs will get draggy. “
Learning that you can lose a piano, the little girl shows how to choose the positive from a disappointment.
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Savorings for reading and writing for If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T:
- Sequential Steps/ Transitions – first, finally, but on the way
- Second Person Essay – talks to the reader about how to do something
- Voice – you can hear a kid sharing her point of view
- Community Building – the character changes
- Twist on Persuasion – Kids love to persuade their parents
- Mother warns not to take the piano