The Wednesday Surprise

The Wednesday Surprise


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ISBN-13: 9780395547762
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 01/28/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 159,338
Product dimensions: 8.81(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Eve Bunting has written over two hundred books for children, including the Caldecott Medal-winning Smoky Night, illustrated by David Diaz, The Wall, Fly Away Home, and Train to Somewhere. She lives in Southern California.

Donald Carrick has illustrated many children's books. He lives in Edgartown, Massachusetts.

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"A plug for literacy is just the bonus; the real focus is on the lessons old and young share when they learn to read each other's hearts." School Library Journal, Starred

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The Wednesday Surprise 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
jalann on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This was an amzing book that I think young children would really enjoy. The fact that it is the grandmother that can not read and not the child is a suprise that I think childen would find inspiring. As a teacher you can discuss how you might not be able to help your grandparent like the child in the story did but you might be able to help a younger sibling or classmate read.
ReneePesheck on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I was introduced to this book through the SLI (Summer Learning Institute). This book is a story about a young girl who teaches her grandmother how to read as a surprise for her Dad's birthday. It has a great message, but some of the twists and cue's for the reader are hard to access for kids without appropriate scaffolding. This makes a nice read aloud - might be even better to read 2 times with a class to investigate what some of the clues were for the reader on the second reading. Could help readers learn a strategy for reading.
ssajj on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a touching book about a little girl and her grandmother who, once a week, get together to work on a present for the little girls' father. His birthday finally arrives and the surprise is revealed: The grandma pulls out a book and begins to read. The father becomes very emotional; his little girl Anna had taught his mother to read. The reader is surprised at the end of the story as it is the grandma who has been learning from her young grandchild to read, not the other way around. This is a truly inspirational story that shows that the teacher and student are not dependent on age.
dnati on LibraryThing 24 days ago
A little girl teaches her grandmother how to read and they reveal this surprise on her dad's birthday. This book teaches a great lesson that learning takes place at every age, and even young children have knowledge and skills worth sharing.
arewald on LibraryThing 24 days ago
This is a book my mentor teacher read in her first grade classroom. There is a great message in here that everyone is a learner, no matter what age. Moreover, anyone can be a teacher. Kids can really connect to these ideas, and in my classroom it was plain to see that they did.
smorales on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Extremely touching book about a grandmother that doesn't know how to read. For her son's birthday her grand-daughter teaches her to read and she reads for the whole family. Great book to stress the importance of reading.
reneefletcher on LibraryThing 24 days ago
¿The Wednesday Surprise¿ is the story about a young girl and her family. Because of the family¿s work schedule, Anna¿s grandmother babysits her every Wednesday. During this time, Anna and her grandma are working on a special surprise to present to the family at a birthday celebration for Anna¿s dad. Together they practice reading book after book. When the big day comes and Anna pulls out the big bag of books, her grandma begins to read them to the family. Everyone, including me, is surprised that it is Anna who has taught Grandma to read, not Grandma teaching Anna. It is a great story.I really like this story. It made me cry. The author develops the plot in such a way that you are not sure until the party who is learning to read. I was very excited about the grandmother helping the little girl with her homework, so I thought, but when it turns out to be the other way around, it just made the story so much better. I also felt that the author really developed the characters in such a way that they felt like everyday people, very believable. Grandma was just a little ornery.An idea for a classroom extension for this book could be to develop a ¿Wednesday Surprise¿ every Wednesday where the class could hone up on their reading skills by working with a younger class to help them learn to read. Each student would be assigned a student (kindergarten or first grade) to work with him or her with reading skills. Teachers learn more than students do.In a first grade class extension, use this book in a center on days of the week. The student read the story and then they would be asked to find and write the different days that are located in the story. They could tell what is happening on each of the days, which is found.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would say this book is very good. It makes a lot of sense to me. It was never boring. This book is about a little girl who has her grandmother come over every Wednesday to make something for her father. This book was pretty good. The reason I say this is because I can understand where they are coming from. My grandma and I are really close to each other. And we never let any thing get in the way of our love. All I can say is you will have to read this book to figure out what the surprise is.