Today I want to share a picture book for my Fiction Friday post. I bought this book for my son, but I can easily see how I might use it in the classroom.
The book I chose is "The Circus Ship" by Chris Van Dusen.
Here is a description of the book taken from Chris Van Dusen's website.
One of my favorite things about this book is the illustrations! Take a peek at the page where the ship crashes and the animals and people fall out into the ocean.
****Taken from Chris Van Dusen's website***
I debated this book as part of Fiction Friday. Since it was inspired by a real event, I thought it would still work because what happens in the story is fiction.
Ways you can use this book in your classroom:
- Vocabulary - There are lots of examples of vivid vocabulary that students may not have heard of before, especially younger ones (bedraggled, daft, etc).
- Figurative Language - There are several examples of alliteration, similes, and onomatopoeia.
- Character comparisons - Students could compare the circus owner, Mr. Paine, and the ship's captain, Mr. Carrington. They could use the text to provide evidence that backs up their view of the character.