Next year I’m going to be a grade six and in grade six we get prep buddies. Over the past month or so we’ve been drafting, writing, illustrating and publishing picture story books for our new buddies. My book is called The Lunch Time Problem.
It was really challenging and fun doing our picture books. I wrote all the words and drew all the pictures. I put heaps of detail into the pictures and didn’t draw stick figures so my buddy will be able to enjoy listening to the words as well as looking deep into the pictures.
I really liked writing and illustrating my book because it was a chance for me to let my drawing skills out (which aren’t the best) and using simple words that are for a prep aged audience.
If I wrote my book again I would probably add some more action into it to make it more exciting.
This is my book in a video. It goes really fast so feel free to pause and play it. If you like my picture book leave a comment.
This week we have been learning about themes in texts. Themes are messages the author wants us to know or learn about.
I read a picture book called “The Cat Wants Custard”. Here’s a brief description of it.
The cat Kevin is trying to decide what to have for dinner. His owner offers all these treats to him but Kevin wants something sweet, something like custard. Kevin tries to get his owner the know that he wants custard by doing wacky things like making the letters of custard with his body and having a yellow sweater over the top of him in a bowl. When none of these things work his finale option is to wait for the fridge to open. When it does, he finds a bowl of custard inside. He has one lick and he hates it! Now he wants mashed potato.
The theme in this book
Topic: Needs and wants. Theme: Just because you want something doesn’t mean you need it.
That’s the theme in this book because Kevin the Cat wants custard but he doesn’t need because his owner is offering all these other things to him that would do him just fine.
“Meaning for Reading” There’s a nice ring to it isn’t there. But what really is the meaning of reading? There are three main meanings of reading things. Those things are inferential, personal and literal. Right now you’re probably thinking, “Where have I heard those words before?” Well, I don’t know where you’ve heard those words but I do know you’re about to find out what they mean.
Literal: Literal is something you can pick out in the text like new vocabulary. It’s something you can literally see in the text that you’re reading.
Inferential: Inferential is the opposite of literal. You have to pick up hints, clues and evidence in the text to find out what you want to know. Example “Lily was sitting on the couch watching her favourite show” It doesn’t say in the sentence where Lily is but we can infer she’s in a lounge room. You get a couple of ideas from the text and connect them to make you inference.
Personal: Personal ideas come from your own mind and what you’re thinking, not anyone else. E.G: My dog is brown with white spots. Now, what does the dog look like? Does it have straight ears, floppy ears, is it’s tongue out or in. How many spots does it have? Well it’s all up to you. They’re your ideas, not anyone else’s.
I am reading this awesome book and I recommend it for everybody to read. I’m reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was first published in 1911 but the edition I am reading was republished in 2008. It’s a really good book. The character Mary reminds me of how I used to feel when I was younger.
This is my life motto, “My Daily Routine, Wake Up, Be Awesome, Go Back To Sleep.” It is humorous but it also reflects on me.