Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Creativity and Perseverance Achieve Success With Some Imagination Along the Way
Perseverance and Creativity Are Life Lessons for Young Readers
Vanessa Roeder's The Stack is a beautifully illustrated picture book and story that has a life lesson for young readers. Young readers will find this to be a page-turner to discover how Luna solves her problem.
Luna has a problem with being too short to reach things that she wants. She is also afraid of the dark. She starts to make a plan to solve her problem in reaching the object that she knows can solve her problem of being afraid of the dark.
Luna starts with a small chair. That is just the beginning because just a chair will still not be the solution to making her tall enough to reach the object that she wants. She adds a stepping stool. Luna must become creative with stacking objects that will make her tall. How about these 20 books? Luna starts to become really creative with adding her bed, a bathtub, and even her grandfather's station wagon to her stack of things to make her tall. A surprise addition to her stack finally makes Luna tall enough to reach the object that she wants. Young readers will also be surprised to discover the object that Luna wants in order to solve her problem of being afraind of the dark.
Colorful illustrations help tell Luna's story. Roeder writes with very simple text for young readers. The Stack is recommended for ages 4-8. It was published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin/Random House. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-32438-7.
Beautifully Illustrated With Colorful Illustrations
Bring Luna's Stack Into Your Classroom for Creative Learning Activities
Picture books with stories were always my go-to tool for presenting creative activities for my students in my early education grades. Enhancing the reading of a fun story with activities that built on the story was engaging for my young students and often created their desire to read the story over and over. That is always the goal of a teacher who wants her students to read more. Vanessa Roeder's The Stack offers several ideas for a creative teacher to enhance the reading experience when this picture book is part of the classroom library.
*Read The Stack in a story time session.
*Engage students in a discussion of Luna's problem. Take a class poll of how many students are afraid of the dark.
*Call attention to Luna's creativity in adding objects to her stack in order to make herself taller. Engage students in a discussion of their ideas as to what will work as Luna creates a bigger stack. What are some of the things that she adds that are very imaginative?
*What is the object that Luna wants to reach? Engage students in a discussion of the real possibility that Luna really can get this object?
*The Stack offers the opportunity for teachers to teach the concepts of creativity and imagination that are present in a story.
*Create a learning activity in your block center for students to experiment with objects that can be stacked in order to make a tower. How tall can they make their tower? Children might want to compete with each other in the block center to discover who can make the tallest tower without having the tower fall.
*Create a math activity for children to measure their towers with a tape measure. Create a graph of the results of the measurements. Provide a math activity for children to read the graph.
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