Monday, June 4, 2012

Waynetta and the Cornstalk

In the children's book Waynetta and the Cornstalk, by Helen Ketteman, it follows one girl's journey to support her family.  Waynetta is a girl that comes from a poor family.  Her mother sends her to sell one of the cows so that they can support the family, but she instead trades the cow for some magic corn.  After Waynetta plants the corn, she wakes up to find a giant cornstalk in her field.  Find out what happens when Waynetta goes on a journey to find out what is waiting for her on top of the cornstalk. 

This is an excellent picture book to have in the classroom.  It is about a third grade level, and most students could either read it to themselves, of it could be used as a read aloud.  What is really nice about this book is that it is a contemporary version of Jack and the Beanstalk. The students could read both of the stories, and then compare and contrast the two versions of the story.  The vocabulary in the story is vocabulary that the students will be able to read, and they should also be able to comprehend the story.  What my reading buddy really liked about this story was all of the pictures.  The illustrator uses bright colors that everyone will enjoy.  I highly recommend this book. 

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