While administering a test to second grade students who were hunkered over laptops, I noticed that there were pigeons all around the room, on the covers of so many books that the students had brought with them. My curiosity overtook me. I quietly picked one up, The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems, and almost began laughing out loud when I started reading it. Later that week, I checked out more books in the series. If you have any interest in books for kids and/or a sense of humor, check out at least one of Willems’ books about the Pigeon.
Top 5 Reasons I’m Loving the Pigeon Books by Mo Willems
- If you’re like me, you will love the simple lines of the drawings that portray pure attitude from the Pigeon. I didn’t know that one eye ball and a slightly bent stick leg could convey so much emotional conviction.
- I am drawn into the book because the Pigeon talks to me…and reads my mind.
- The author worked as a writer and animator for Sesame Street. I feel that kid-feeling from Sesame Street when I read these books. I know I am reviewing life lessons in a fun, undeniable way.
- With so much serious business happening in the world, it’s a relief to find a book that is silly and makes me laugh. I think that’s why so many second graders had checked these books out.
- I can read The Pigeon Needs a Bath to my students in order to keep our classroom social contract fresh and on students’ minds. Most classrooms probably wouldn’t find this book helpful for that purpose, but my students included a unique requirement in their social contract. When asked how they wanted to be treated, they admitted a need to be treated with good smells (i.e. no farting, burping, bringing smelly stuff to class, etc.). I just need to figure out a perfect “voice” for the Pigeon before I read the book. There will be so much laughter, and the social contract will be brought back to life again.
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