Bibliographic Information: Selznick, Brian. Wonderstruck: A Novel in Words and Pictures. New York: Scholastic, 2011. Print.

Brief Annotation: This book follows the lives of two kids, Ben and Rose, who are both longing for something new and different in their lives – so they each run away to find it. Ben lives in Gunflint Lake, MN in 1977, and Rose lives in Hoboken, NJ in 1927. Ben’s story is told through text, and Rose’s through picctures, their lives are interwoven very cleverly through the two mediums.

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Grade Level: 4-6

Readers who will like this: Students who are interested in Deaf culture; students who enjoy “reading” illustrations; students who enjoy museums and dioramas; students who have traveled to New York or northern Minnesota.

Rating/ Response: 5 – This book blew me away with its ability to weave two stories together in two different ways. It kept me turning the pages, wanting to find out what happens to each character. Both protagonists are deaf, which helped me connect to the story in different ways. There is so much to analyze and ask questions about – I can see any type of learner finding something they enjoy and are challenged by in this book! Highly recommended.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: In what ways can you tell stories or communicate without words?

Reading strategy: Free Choice (Chapter Book)

Rationale for strategy: This book offers amazing opportunities for social studies, science, literacy/language, culture, and art ties! Storytelling is a fascinating concept that this book can help explore – especially telling stories nonverbally through museum boxes and physical objects, ASL, and illustrations. I recommend also taking a look at the great ideas on the Classroom Bookshelf blog. http://classroombookshelf.blogspot.com/2011/12/wonderstruck.html

Posted by: Caitlin Miller


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