The Stranger


Bibliographic Information: Van, A. C. (1986). The Stranger. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Brief Annotation: Farmer Bailey and his family house an unusual stranger in their home who seems to affect the seasonal weather change.

Genre: Fantasy

Grade Level: Grades 3-5

Readers who will like this: Readers who like mystery and suspense, Readers who like Pourquoi Tales, readers who enjoy the change of seasons,

Rating/Response: 4 This engaging story line keeps readers in suspense as Chris Van Allsburg shares a mysterious tale with an unanswered ending. Though the story is fiction, it is paired with beautifully realistic illustrations that add the high quality of this read.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: “After just reading the title and seeing the cover, what is one question you already want to ask?”

Reading Strategy: Questioning

Rationale for Strategy: This story is ideal for having students exercise authentic questioning. At the end, can students answer to our initial question of “who is the stranger” in one right answer?

Posted by: Sammi Keller


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