I love Trick or Treat, Smell My Feet by Diane de Groat because it teaches lessons, sure, but mostly I love how autumn-y it is. The background of each page is even shades of yellow and orange. It pushes my happy buttons, I ain’t gonna lie.
Halloween, as you know, is my favorite-ist holiday. Mostly because it happens in autumn, and the decorations are all those wonderful tones of red, orange, and yellow that get my blood pumping, but also because of costumes and treats and ghost stories.
My friends, James Burd Brewster has done it again. Uncle Rocky – Fast Action is a fun and interesting story that not only educates your littles about different aircraft (and what little isn’t fascinated by planes?), it also explains the Heimlich Maneuver and even includes detailed instructions for performing the maneuver at the end.
I know I’ve said it before, but I can’t recommend the Glad to Do It! series by Mr. Brewster enough. With each book, the author teaches practical facts while telling an interesting story about an everyday hero. In this one, Rocky’s nephews are once more featured as stars of the show. They even get to say the catch phrase, “Glad to do it!” at the end.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
Even though it’s been in the 90s lately in southern Indiana, I’m longing for a slight chill in the air, a mug of apple cider, and the short, golden days of autumn. For me, no other season compares with autumn. I love the cinnamon scent of fallen leaves, the bright colors that cover our hills, the scarecrows and Indian corn and pumpkins. I love the first day I get to cozy up in a soft sweater. I love hearing the leaves crunch under my boots when we take fall hikes in our woods. Autumn also means deer season and all the work and joy that comes with it. My favorite holiday, Halloween, comes in autumn. So when I say I have books to recommend to go with an autumn study, I mean there are A Lot of books I could recommend. I will try to behave.
In the last couple weeks, we’ve covered the 3 types of story and the elements of plot. To wrap up my series on teaching plot, let’s talk about the different types of plot that occur in stories. If you research types of plot at all, it won’t take but a minute to see that the experts disagree on just how many they are. 3, 5, 7? 36?
I think most of the 36 could be boiled down to one of 5-7 plot types, but it’s fun to look at plot with a more detailed mindset. I’ve heard it said that nothing original has been written since Shakespeare (and since so many of our current books and movies are based either on his plays or on fairy tales, I’m not saying that’s wrong).
But everyone has a different voice and a different idea of how the plot type will unfold. So even though it seems like there are a million plot lines out there, let’s take a look at how closely our favorite books fit into just a few different types of plot.