Once upon a time there was a 4-year old girl who had a dream. She told her daddy all about it and they turned it into a story; daughter dictated the words and daddy drew the pictures. The story became a published children’s book and they lived happily ever after.
This is not a fairytale, though! My niece is the author and my brother is the illustrator of a children’s book titled The Great Marshmallow Adventure. It was published and released when my niece was just 5 years old (she’s now going on 12) and was based on a dream she had at age 4! Quite an accomplishment for a little girl, huh?!
It is the most adorable story of Leah’s adventure one night when her bed turns into a giant marshmallow and takes her on a ride through her neighborhood, which has also turned into delicious treats!
The text is simple, the story is exciting, and it is full of speech and language targets! Perfectly suited for students in grade K-3, easily adaptable for 3 and 4-year olds or 4th and 5th graders. Incorporate into a fall or camping theme or use any time of year!
I have been waiting to be able to use this book as part of therapy lessons. Now that I am back “in the classroom” working directly with students, I had to create some companion activities to use with it.
So, I thought I would share what I came up with – which you can download as a FREEBIE here on TpT.
The book, unfortunately, is not so easy to find these days. It’s not as easy as one may think to get a book published and available to the masses! But, I can help with that! I worked some magic with the author and illustrator (it’s all who you know, am I right?!) and if you like what you see in the free download and would like to purchase this book for your personal library, send Elissa an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will make it happen! I mean every little penny (aka royalty) helps when you’re a middle school tween!
Back to the companion…
There are comprehension questions to use before, during and after reading the story, three pictured Tier 2 vocabulary targets, pictures and sentences for sequencing and retelling, articulation pictures with words from the story (r, l, s-blends), and pictures to target the irregular past tense verbs included in the text.
And I cannot wait to read this book as the mystery reader in my daughter’s first grade classroom – complete with a bag of all the ingredients and a recipe card for Indoor S’mores (also included in the download)!
So, click this link and download the FREEBIE – you really have nothing to lose, right?! Did I mention it is FREE!
Be sure to email me (Elissa) if you are interested in more information about this sweet book (pun intended).