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Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems
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When Piggie shares his new trumpet with Elephant and asks for feedback, Elephant is placed in a difficult situation that will be very familiar to older readers (like us), but new interpersonal waters to navigate for younger readers.

This would make a very good read-aloud for the beginning of a Summer Institute with The National Writing Project. Piggie never reveals his motive for having picked up the trumpet, but writers can ask--and NWP celebrates this--readers to Bless, Address, or Press a piece. Going into a share with a sort of expectation for response can help both the writer and the audience/respondents.

I included this book in a ladder with THE CRUCIBLE for its exploration of honesty, even in those simple day-to-day interactions with friends and family.

And okay--another way of looking at this book which is pure Elephant & Elephant fun! Going back to Mo's site to watch Elephant & Piggie Dance again.


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