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The Big Wet Balloon by Liniers
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bookshelves: graphic-novel, sentence-fluency-trait

The Big Wet Balloon
Reading level: It says "level 2." I'm not sure what that means. I also found it at a graded reading level of 1st-2nd and a guided reading level of J, which I agree with.
Interest Level: Because this book is so "cute" and well-designed, I think it would appeal to its target age levels of 1st and 2nd graders as well as struggling 3rd graders.

Summary: Two sisters explore the outdoors on a rainy Saturday, getting into a few pickles along the way.

Genre: graphic novel - each page is divided into little scenes and the only text is in the form of dialogue bubbles

Mentor writing traits: Sentence fluency - I like that the text includes somewhat poetic sentences (ex: "The rain sounds like clapping." pg. 18) and short sentences (ex: "Wait here." pg. 25). It models to the reader that you can tell a story using a variety of well-crafted sentences and that they don't all need to be long and wordy.

Integration: I would use this text to inspire students to write a story in the form of a graphic novel. This could be a mentor text for a story that has a clear setting, characters, and beginning/middle/end. The simplicity of the plot and the easy-to-follow illustrations would, I think, make it easy and fun for students to identify those key story elements.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
May 10, 2016 – Shelved
May 10, 2016 – Shelved as: graphic-novel
May 10, 2016 – Shelved as: sentence-fluency-trait

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