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This week, I am delighted to introduce "Max's Words" by Kate Banks and Boris Kulikov. This book is such fun. It is a great pairing of storytelling and pictures. Max has two brothers and they both have collections of things that they won't share with Max. So, Max decides to start his own collection of words by cutting them out of magazines and newspapers. He even uses the dictionary and writes words on slips of paper. As you see the words "cut out" they are in the shape of depict the word itself.
Max then realizes that when he put his words in different orders they had different meanings. For example: "A blue crocodile ate the green iguana. The blue iguana ate a green crocodile." He then began arranging the words to make a story. The brothers became very interested and wanted words to make stories of their own. Max shared and as a result, they shared their own collections.
We also made a collection of Cavett's words this past week. He cut pictures out of magazines glued them to an index card and we wrote the word on it. Then we rearranged the cards in different orders to make up our own stories. Great activity!