Now Open the Box by Dorothy Kunhardt

Publisher: The New York Review Children’s Collection

Publication Date:  August 20, 2013

A circus man stands in front of his circus tent holding a very small box. What could be in that little, tiny box? When the circus man opens the box, all the people see for themselves a teeny, tiny, dog, named Peewee.

Read Aloud Recommended Grades: K-2

Lesson Recommended Grades: 3-5

Note:  This book was originally published in 1934, a re-released classic by the author of Pat the Bunny.

Lesson Idea: Sentence Fluency/Dialogue: Read aloud Now Open the Box and discuss the author’s technique. What do students notice when you show them the text? She used run on sentences to build suspense and grab the reader’s attention. She also left out traditional punctuation when characters spoke. After reading aloud, provide copies of several pages of the text for students. Ask them to indicate places where they could add punctuation for dialogue.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher.

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