8/3/12 ** Day 1 read aloud for my 4th graders. I was pleased with the response that this book generated. Kids seemed attentive and had good partner discussions at our stopping spots. I was also struck by the insight that a few of the kids showed when we charted the ideas that we learned from Appelemando and his friends (though of course, I'm not looking at the chart now, so I can't quote.)
As we continue with our read-alouds in the next week, I'll choose books that build on the themes of inclusion, appreciating differences, and dreaming.