Pirate Boy

Tips for "Pirate Boy"

As You Read:

This story is full of beautiful, colorful illustrations so be sure to examine them closely as you move from page to page. Encourage your child to describe things in the illustrations that may not be described in the story and ask why the illustrator might have included that detail.


Extending the Story:

Since this story is all about "What If"s, play the "What If" game! There are several ways that you can play this game. The first way is by asking random "What If" questions like "What if you found $20 on the street? What if you didn't have to go to school for a day? What if..." Take turns asking these questions and see what answers come up! For older children, you can play the game by asking "What If" questions where the answers are the titles of movies or books that your child knows. For example, "What if a mermaid gave up her voice so that she could have legs and be a human?" Answer: The Little Mermaid! Source: Psychology Today

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...