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Saturdays and Teacakes

The marvelous Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle is doing a picture book party.  A ton of bloggers are sharing their favorite picture books and lessons that go with them.  I’m choosing Saturdays and Teacakes by Lester Laminack because it’s one of my favorites and isn’t that well known.

I wanted to go through a lesson I do with the book, but, sadly, I couldn’t find my copy of it to remind myself.  I think I loaned it out to someone.  Anyways……. the book is a memoir detailing Lester’s visits with his Mammaw on (you guessed it!) Saturdays.  The writing is slow and deliberate.  You picture every move he makes.  His word choice is remarkable!
I’ve used this book in two ways.  First, as an exemplar text for word choice.  Every word in the book is precisely chosen and is a great example for students on why word choice is important.  I’ve also used it in teaching Small Moments.  Every stage of the book is a perfect starting point for writing a small moment story.  I use one part for a model lesson, use another part as a guided writing lesson, and I choose a last part for students to do on their own.
Here‘s a link where you can watch Lester read the book himself.  Take the few minutes.  It’s worth it!
Also take some time to check out the other books in the linky.  I’m sure you’ll find some new favorites!
Till next time….


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