Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher

Author & Illustrator:   Molly Bang
Publisher:  Simon & Schuster
Publication Year:   1980
Location: Knox County Public Library- Lawson McGhee

Awards:   Caldecott Honor, Boston Globe-Horn Book honor,  Children's Reviewer's Choice, ALA Booklist award

Summary:  A wordless book. An older lady goes to the market and buys some strawberries. As she returns home, she is followed by a small blue person who tries to steal them. While she is running from him, she runs into a lady holding a bucket of snakes. She goes onto a bus and he chases after her on a skateboard and then the chase goes into a pointed wood. Eventually she leads him into a blackberry thicket where he starts eating them and the Grey Lady heads home to share the strawberries with her family. The art is surreal and pulls you into another world.

Classroom Ideas: An art teacher could use this book to show the effects of pattern. Children could also write a story in words to go along with the wordless story.

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