My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
Book Synopsis: A Fox thinks it is his lucky day when I pig shows up at his door. He’s in for a surprise however, when the pig is the one playing the tricks and out-foxing the fox!
Instructional Focus: (Numbers are for the Virginia Standards of Learning, generally Reading/English)
Predicting (K9C, 1.9D, 2.8A, 3.5C, 4.5I, 5.5K) , Problem and Solution (2.8F, 3.5H, 4.5E)
Creating the Costume: I got a middle school flashback and bought a bunch of Jordache white skinny jeans on clearance. Take those throwbacks and some RIT, and I had plenty of character costume parts. Felt and hot glue brought the ears and the nose together.
Delivery: This is actually one of my mother’s favorite books. It came out when I was in high school and I still remember her being very excited about this book and reading it with my younger siblings and at their school. Even now it is still a book she will always mention when talking about favorites. I was very excited too to share it with my students. What really impressed me was that they caught on to the familiar text structure of one ” weaker” character tricking another “stronger” character into being too tired to fight back using flattery and suggestion. They made the text-to-text connection to Paper Bag Princess. One student really got into the way the piglet played “innocent” but was actually very far from it. The direction we went was not at all what I envisioned from the instructional focus I had listed above. If anyone actually looked at my plans for the day and what actually happened with this story, they would be hard pressed to find any similarities other than the title of the book. That’s not always a good sign, but for this instance it was an outcome better than I could have planned for. We even got into talking about the author’s message behind writing it as being tricky can trump strong and don’t take things for granted.