We love the Pigeon books by Mo Willems. In fact, we love all his books! Children love his characters, and the simple and engaging text keeps them coming back for more. We had to have a Pigeon week at school!
On Monday we read Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! I found a game by the same name, so we practiced some great board game skills, like counting spaces to move and taking turns as we played. The kiddos loved it! Okay, they love a lot of things, but they kept coming back to the game all week, so in my book, it's a hit. Check it out here on Amazon. (No, I don't get anything for telling you, I just share because you might want to know.)
In the book, Pigeon really wants to drive a bus, and tries all kinds of ways to persuade the reader to let him. We didn't let him, but the kiddos were thrilled when we went outside to play, and they found the big cardboard box I had saved for them to "drive".
We also started a set of Pigeon graphs that I made to accompany the books. You can see the cover and several of our graphs in this picture:
There are six total Pigeon books out now, so we had two of them on Friday: Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! and the latest book, The Pigeon Needs a Bath! I wish I had thought to video tape the conversation about staying up late! We graphed which of the Pigeon's excuses each child would try out on their parents, and what they thought might actually work. Hysterical! They were comparing notes on what works, and when: apparently when they are sick, asking for a glass of water is almost always effective! Generally speaking, they prefer to try having a nice talk - almost all the children thought that would buy them some time! Who would have thought they had this all figured out by 4 or 5 years old?!
Our grand finale of the week was this one: