When Sam the library mouse decides to write his own book he takes paper, staples them together, and starts in on drawing a picture book. He poses in the mirror to see how he should draw his pictures, makes a cover page, and places his little book in the bookshelves of the library. Sam's mind was filled with facts and information and images of far-away places, and his imagination brimmed over with wonder and fantasy. One night Sam decided that it was time he wrote a book of his own. Sam begins with a picture book and moves on to a mystery chapter book. The children in the library wait in excited anticipation for his next books. When they finally find who is writing these books, Sam has a little surprise in store for each child.
The Activity: We folded paper together and stapled them just like Sam in the book. Since the girls have not learned to write their own stories yet with words, I asked them to draw pictures of their story. I than filled in their story as they recounted it. We read each story to each other and than, to make it official, they placed their books on our bookshelf, prominently displayed in our front living room.
What did they learn: I am still surprised at how much the absorbed from this book. They continuously talk about how they wrote they made their own story and talk about wanting to make word book or chapter books when they learn to spell by themselves.
Have you heard of this book?