Ben Rides On

Tips for "Ben Rides On"

As You Read:

You can see that in almost every illustration, there is a crow that follows Ben through out the story. Point this out to your child and consider what the significance of the crow is. Does it contribute to the story? Why does your child think that it is there?


Extending the Story:

Bullying is a major theme addressed in this story so talk to your child about how it plays a part in the story. Why does Adrian Underbite take away Ben's bike? Talk to your child about times when they might have been teased by someone else and compare their experiences to Ben's. For older children, you might consider checking out our Say NO! to Bullying learning guide which has book and app recommendations, multimedia resources and activities that can help you address the topic of bullying.

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...