Friday, March 2, 2012

Weekend Review: Scary Mary

Scary Mary by Paula Bowles is a funny book about friendship. Set in a barnyard, Scary Mary is the hen who rules the roost. She won't play with any of the other animals. She even practices making scary faces. This chick is hard core scary. After she bullies everyone away, Mary finds out she is lonely. Luckily, the other animals are willing to take Scary Mary back into the fold. Mary learns an important lesson on friendship.
This book begs to be read aloud. The illustrations are funny and engaging.  It is short enough to keep the attention of toddlers and preschoolers.  There are great opportunities for children to make predictions or make connections to the text. 

This would be a wonderful book to share on World Read Aloud Day which will be held on March 7. Anyone can participate, all you have to do is pick up a book and read it to a child.  The event is organized by LitWorld. Pam Allyn, founder of LitWorld,  has many other book suggestions for the day. She suggests sharing books on the 7 Strengths of LitWorld: Belonging, Kindness, Courage, Friendship, Confidence, Curiosity, and Hope. 
Scary Mary would work so well with the theme of friendship. Other books suggestions about friendship include:
Picture Books
 The Gift of Nothing
by Patrick McDonnell
Today I Will Fly!
by Mo Willems
Poetry
 The Glory of Friendship
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
 May Our Friendship Last Forever
by Nicolas Gordon
Chapter Books
 Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Paper Towns by John Green

You can find a full list of book suggestions in the free World Read Aloud Day Kit

Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of Scary Mary by the publisher in exchange for my honest review of the book.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Jackie, thanks for the lovely review of Scary Mary :)

    Sounds like you all had a fab 'World Read Aloud Day' too!

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