Pip’s Trip by Janet Morgan Stoeke
October 1, 2013 in Books With Social Studies Content, Creative Writing activities, Elementary Educators, Making Personal Connections, Personal Connections, Picture Book, Preschool to 1st grade teachers, Rhyming Words, Shared Writing, Stoeke Janet Morgan Tags: books about rural areas, personal narratives, picture books about farms, silly picture books
*Hens as main characters
*Rating: Pip’s Trip is a cute, humorous picture book for young children who love farm animals and silliness. It’s part of THE LOOPY COOP HENS series.
Short, short summary: Midge, Pip, and Dot are hens, and they are wondering where that farmer’s truck is always going. He seems to be going places, and they do not! They decide that it would be fun to go places in the back of the truck. So Pip gets in the back of the truck by herself, expecting Midge and Dot to follow. But they “chicken out”, and so Pip is alone. During this time, the truck starts making noise because the farmer is working on the engine, but Pip believes she is going places and ALONE! She hides, deciding that maybe she doesn’t want to see the world after all. When the truck is quiet again, she sees the “wide world” looking just like the farm! Midge and Dot inform her that she didn’t really go anywhere, and she was brave for even getting in the truck. But then they decide that maybe going places would be better in a wheelbarrow. . .
So, what do I do with this book?
1. For a fun example of a personal narrative, after you read the book to children, together write a personal narrative as if you were Pip. So, Pip would tell about her adventure of getting in the back of the truck. This is a good example of a personal narrative because it’s one event in Pip’s life and is a good length for a primary student’s personal narrative.
2. This is a great book to use with any farm-themed unit in preschool–you can do rhyming words, animals on the farm, a farmer’s role on the farm, rural area, and more. The illustrations will add to whatever you are doing, and the children will get a kick out of these three silly hens!
3. Courage is a topic you can discuss with children after reading Pip’s Trip. Why do the other hens think Pip is brave even though the truck never moved? What is courage or bravery? How do children exhibit this trait in their own lives?