One of my all time favorite books to read out loud is A Flock of Shoes by Sarah Tsiang. It is a beautifully written story that is so captivating and full of quirky surprises. The illustrations by Qin Leng are just delightful, creative, and highly entertaining.
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While listening to this story kids really use their imaginations to visualize what is happening.
Most of the time kids can relate to the main character loving her shoes so much.
It is fun to have a discussion with the class after this story. They really like to talk about their own favorite shoes and why they like them so much.
As an extension activity, I like to have kids draw their favorite shoes. Older students can write about the many reasons that they like their favorite shoes.
This book works best as a read aloud for second grade.
The author has provided post-card templates for teachers to use as an extension activity. This looks like a really fun idea to try out and would be great printed double-sided on card stock. Here is a link to her site with the PDF files if you would like to download them and print them out.