Someday by Eileen Spinelli, Illustrated by Rosie Winstead
May 2, 2013 in Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Shared Writing, six traits of writing, Spinelli Eileen, Writing Skills Tags: career day, Eileen Spinelli, picture books about careers, picture books for girls, six plus one traits of writing
*Picture book, contemporary, for preschoolers through second graders
*Young girl as main character
*Rating: I loved this book, Someday by Eileen Spinelli. It’s clever and cute and full of imagination. Illustrations by Rosie Winstead are also super cute, as you can tell by the cover!
Short, short summary: The pages in this picture book alternate between what the main character imagines she’ll be doing SOMEDAY and what she’s doing today. For example, in the first pair, the main character is imagining that SOMEDAY she’ll be a great artist on the beach, but today she is helping her dad paint the shed green. Another example is that she’ll be a great gymnast SOMEDAY, but today she is practicing cartwheels in the mud in the backyard. The end breaks the pattern somewhat with a sweet nighttime scene–check out the book to see for yourself.
So, what do I do with this book?
1. Your students can make their own SOMEDAY and TODAY pages. This would be a cute bulletin board display for the end of the year or an open house.
2. Read this book around a career day or career unit. It fits perfectly with the discussion: What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to do? I really like that this book does not list stereotypical jobs for women! The main character is a great role model for girls.
3. This book has terrific word choice and specifics for each career and when describing the TODAY scene. Eileen Spinelli is very good at using specific nouns and verbs. This is one of the lessons in the six plus one traits of writing and one of the skills we try to get our students to do when writing. This is a great example for children to model.