Rich story content allows students to make meaning of the stories and to retell in a logical sequence. Likewise, questions can be answered, since students will immediately engage with the strong storyline. In addition, the stories allow students to predict what will happen next.
The prompts allow students to embrace the concept of a direction in a thoughtful manner.
The characters themselves allow students to make text to self connections and draw on their prior knowledge of space flight, toys, etc. in order to make meaning
Such key literacy words as plot, character, and setting can be well developed with students since these books will leave a strong impression on students and will allow them to reflect and solidify these critical concepts.
Not only will students be able to describe the role of the author and illustrator in these stories, but they also will have the opportunities to “co-create” with these people.
Finally, in allowing students to extend the story through their writing, they have the opportunity to focus their writing in their own way and use descriptive words asare modeled within the stories.