Big Red Lollipop

Tips for "Big Red Lollipop"

As You Read:

Discuss cultural differences as you read. Rubina and her family are from Pakistan and have moved to America. Tell your child that Rubina is from a different country and so when they moved to America, they discovered that the way people live their lives in these two places can be very different. As you read, point out any differences and similarities that you might notice in the story. This may include the differences/ similarities in the ways you dress or how Rubina's mother doesn't know what a birthday party is.


Extending the Story:

This story is actually based on the author's life experiences and Ruhksana Khan is actually the younger sister in the story. Watch her storytelling performance of the story here. Also, consider taking a look at the student activity sheet for this story that Rukhsana provides on her website! There are plenty of great activities that you can do together with your child.

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...