The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash

Bibliographic Information: Noble, Trinka Hakes. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash. New York: Dial, 1980

Brief Annotation: A class trip to a farm becomes more exciting than expected when a cow starts crying, pigs eat the student lunches, and the hens are frightened by the boa constrictor in the hen house.

Genre: Fiction

Grade Level: Kindergarten-2

Reader who will like this: Students who enjoy themes that include animals or farms, and students who enjoy books with crazy situations

Rating/Response: 3, This is an enjoyable book with a cute story line and beautiful illustrations, the book is set up in such a way that children are always trying to figure out why something happened and what will happen next.

One question you would ask before a read aloud: Why do you think Jimmy’s boa would eat the wash?

Reading Strategy: Inferring

Rationale for Strategy: Students will be naturally curious about what will happen next in this book, so it is a good choice for introducing the topic of inferring.

Posted by: Olivia Cyr


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