Bibliographic Information: Bunting, Eve, and Donald Carrick. The Wednesday Surprise. New York: Clarion, 1989.
Brief Annotation: Anna’s grandma visits every Wednesday while Anna’s mom is working and her brother is practicing basketball. Her grandma brings a large bag filled with books, a secret only known by Anna and her grandma. They practice reading every Wednesday and hope to surprise Anna’s dad for his birthday. When the dad arrives Saturday, Anna drags the large bag of books into the living room. The grandma pulls and reads a book from the bag. The dad is amazed with his mother’s reading ability. The grandma explained Anna taught her how to read!
Grade Level: 1-3
Readers who will like this: Students who have ever helped someone will enjoy reading The Wednesday Surprise. They will be to relate to Anna when she teaches her grandma learn how to read.
Rating/Response: 3. I enjoyed the twist when reading The Wednesday Surprise. I expected Anna’s grandma to be helping Anna read, but Anna was actually teaching her grandma how to read.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: What have you done to help someone?
Reading Strategy: Asking Questions
Rationale for Strategy: The Wednesday Surprise could be used as a read aloud to model questioning while reading. Students will wonder what surprise Anna and her grandma are planning for her father. They will be able to explore their questions and find answers while reading.
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