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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Read Aloud Trio

Expressive voices drew me back to the story steps this morning. I had finished reading Too Many Mittens to a second class and was assisting children in their book searches. A trio sat together, their heads leaning toward each other, their voices sharing the words of Debra Frasier's A Birthday Cake is No Ordinary Cake.

I loved several things about the moment. These girls were "lookers" today. Lookers have not returned their books and can use library time to look at books instead of checking out something new. They chose to read together. Aloud. In choral style! Their smiles could be heard in their voices, bright like the sun's rays in the artwork.

My adoration for the book made me smile as I heard the familiar lines read by three sweet voices.

"Actually, any south-flying bird's shadow will do.
Experiment: Try butterflies.
Again, let batter sit.
Put on a sweater.
Stir often.
Find your mittens."

I knelt next to them to hear the last pages.


  1. And we're joyfully looking over their shoulders, too, thanks to you.

  2. Ah, Julie, when I've down about the fate of books, all I have to do is read your blog!