You’ll frequently read about my daughter in my blog posts and newsletter, so in the spirit of #WFH, I decided to start making videos with her. Throughout, we will engage with the text and each other, in a process known as Dialogic Reading, which is a super-fancy way of saying we have a conversation about the book we are reading as we read it. Dialogic Reading is an important and effective way of increasing your child’s pre-reading skills and early literacy. And, it’s fun. While you read, don’t just read to your child. Ask them questions. Discuss pictures. Have them guess what happens next. Don’t just read, engage.
Where are we on our Daddy-Daughter Storytime train which began last Tuesday, connecting books like train cars?
Dooby Dooby Moo (farm with precocious animals) –> Chicken in Space (farm with precocious chicken “going to space”) –> today!
Today’s book is Zelda’s Big Adventure, written by Marie Alfaci, illustrated by Shane McG and read with permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This story continues the precocious farm animals theme (there are oh so many books about precocious farm animals!) and also actually has the same “chicken wanting to be an astronaut,” (which is far less common). Zelda the chicken, like Zoey in Chicken in Space (odd, they also both start with Z!), has a plan to go to space. She learns, builds, and finally blasts off to conduct fun experiments before returning to Earth and her friends.
My daughter likes the art in this book and likes looking for the aliens. I like all stories that have female characters following their dreams, being involved in STEAM careers, and having a positive outcome, as well as the retro-space aesthetic of Zelda’s ship and gear. One of my favorite parts of this book, and I wish it had been pushed more, is the “Little Red Hen” elements when Zelda asks the other chickens for assistance with various parts of building her rocket. I’m a sucker for Little Red Hen stories. While it doesn’t make the Little Red Hen aspect as prevalent as I think it could have, Zelda’s Big Adventure does end on a really positive note, with Zelda holding no grudges and taking the other chickens with her on her next space adventure.
On Thursday, the book train keeps on chugging as we move onto a modern #girlpower variant of the classic Little Red Hen.