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This lively collection...
This lively collection of letters written by famous storybook characters takes us behind the scenes in the land of make-believe.
Presents letters between such fairy tale characters as Goldilocks, Baby Bear, Peter Rabbit, and the Three Pigs.
2. What makes a good friend? Discuss the ways that these characters help each other out in times of trouble. Have your students ever helped a friend? Have they ever been helped by one? Encourage them to share their own experiences.
3. Brainstorm about fanciful party guests. Ask your students to name favorite characters -- from these books as well as others -- that they would want to invite to their birthday party.
4. Many of the storybook characters are confused by the term "housewarming." Discuss what it means with your students. What do they think are appropriate gifts for a real life housewarming party?
5. Baby Bear's letter to Goldilocks in Dear Peter Rabbit makes it clear that he forgives her for breaking into his house. Explore what forgiveness means to your students. Have they ever asked to be forgiven for a mistake they made? Have they ever forgiven someone who made a mistake?
Activities and Research
1. Send a letter to a storybook character. Ask your students to pick a favorite character from the books and write him or her a letter about themselves or draw a self-portrait. Encourage each child to be personal and specific.
2. Both of these books slyly demonstrate how each character is linked to another. As a whole-class project, create a simplechart that shows how these characters are connected.
3. Build your own storybook habitats. Ask your students to construct model versions of the hay, stick, and brick houses of the Three Little Pigs, Peter Rabbit's burrow, or even Wolfy's fur-lined den.
4. These storybook characters enjoy such treats as ice cream and cake, but what do real animals usually eat? Research the diet of bears, rabbits, wolves, and pigs.
5. Celebrate reading with your own Hidden Forest party. Each child can come dressed as his or her favorite storybook character. Encourage them to try to stay in character throughout the party.
6. Plan and grow your own vegetable garden. Goldilocks has cabbage, lettuce, and carrots growing in hers. Ask students what would grow best in your class garden.
7. Several of these storybook characters are very good at writing thank you notes. Ask your students to try writing a thank you note -- or drawing a thank you picture -- for a gift they've received recently or a party they have attended.
8. Introduce your class to other books created by this talented team. Alma Flor Ada is the author of such favorites as My Name Is Isabel and The Gold Coin. Leslie Tryon is both an illustrator and a writer. She's the creator of a very popular series about Albert, a hardworking duck.
9. Yours Truly, Goldilocks ends with a hint that the characters will be reunited at another gathering. Where will it be? Who will attend? Will a big bad wolf try to ruin the fun? Brainstorm with your students about the plot of a third adventure.