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Books Summaries (Reading Skills)

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

Henkes, K. (1996). Lilly’s purple plastic purse. New York, NY.

A summary of this book:

This is a book about a little girl Lilly who loves school, particularly her cool teacher. However, when Lilly comes with her Purple Plastic purse and can’t wait until sharing time, her cool teacher confiscates it. Lilly becomes angry, and this makes her revenge then remorse and then sets out to make amends.

The two reading skills that the teacher could use in this book are summarising and synthesising


In this lesson, the teacher will read the book with the students and stop at three different places in the book, to sum up, what is essential by utilising the traditional beginning, middle and end structure.


After reading the story, the teacher will ask students to pause and make a reflection about the story. From there, the students will write two words from the story that stand out as critical ideas, but they don’t have to be related to each other. The teacher will ask the students why they chose the two words and then he will allow them to write the reasons for their choice of words. Lastly, the teacher will put the students in pairs and let them share why they selected their stand-out words.


Cannon, J. (1993). Stellaluna (Vol. 108). Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

It is a story about a baby bat who gets separated from her mother and then gets brought up by a bird so long as she behaves like other birds. Despite the fact that she does not like acting this way, she agrees. But one day, she unites with her mother, and she gets back to living like a bat.

The reading skill that the instructor can use in this book is making connections and predictions

Making predictions:

In this lesson, the teacher will give each student a sheet of paper and inform them to write their names, the title of the book and the author. Second, the teacher will provide students with a book to study its cover illustrations, read the title of the book on its first page and then write down their predictions using complete sentences.  After completing those tasks, the teacher will inform the students to read the first two chapters and then predict what will happen using what they learn so that they can support their theory.

Making connection:

The instructor will read the story aloud and then ask each learner in class to share their link with the book. For instance, the teacher will ask them to talk about how they felt the first time when they got separated from their mother and taken to school.

Just Go to Bed

Mayer, M. (1983). Just go to bed. Random House Books for Young Readers.

This basic story depicts a preschool saint opposing his dad’s endeavours to inspire him to bed. Before the finish of the book Critter’s understanding father at long last figures out how to move his vigorous, inventive child through showering, influences him to wear a pyjama and after that takes him to rest.

The two reading skills that the instructor could use in this book are identifying the main idea and independent reading.

Identify important information:

In this class, the teacher will start by selecting part of the text in the book and informing students that it contains essential information that the author intends to pass on to the readers. After that, the teacher will give the students an opportunity to work in groups and select crucial details from the story.

Independent reading:

In this lesson, the teacher will help the students to find books that they will enjoy. In this case, the teacher will select these books based on topics that interest students and books by favourite authors. The most important thing is to ensure that the book is not too difficult so that the students can read the book accurately

Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum

McCarthy, M. (2010). Pop! The Invention of Bubble Gum. Simon and Schuster.

This short story offers a straightforward model of how bubble gum was made and additionally a concise framework of its planner Walter Diemer. It discusses the past, business and science sides of making America’s abundantly cherished sweet, more absolutely when biting gum was first utilised, the substance components of making various types and how the world got some answers concerning this creation. The book closes with brief realities that identify with the innovation of air pocket gum.

The two reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are summarizing and paraphrasing.


In this lesson, the teacher will read part of the story to the students and then allow them to continue reading as they underline the main ideas. After they have highlighted their texts, the teacher will open a discussion about the summaries.


In this lesson, the teacher will introduce a game where he gives each student a card with a sentence written on it. From there he will allow the students to find partners where one student reads her sentence, and then the second student paraphrases it. After that, the students will switch roles and then trade cards before both move on to find different partners.

One Green Apple

Bunting, E. (2006). One green apple. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

It is a story about Farah who feels alone, despite being enveloped by her related understudies. She centres and moves, be that as it may, but doesn’t talk. She imagines that it’s hard being the new kid in school, generally since she is from another country and does not know her tongue. By then, on a field excursion to an apple estate, she finds that there are bundles of things that sound the same as they did at home, from puppies crunching their sustenance to the swell of pleasant laughing. As she empowers the class to make squeezed apples, Farah partners with substitute understudies and begins to feel that she has a place.

The reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are sequencing events and describing the structure of the story

Sequencing events:

In this class, ask students to explain their morning routine before coming to school. The teacher will allow two or three students to share their habits with the group. By doing this, the teacher will be introducing the students to the meaning of sequence. After that, the teacher will let students listen as he reads the story and inform them to take notes regarding the series of events as they unfold. In the end, each student will be invited to write about how the events flowed throughout the text.

Describe the story structure:

In this lesson, educators will enable understudies to investigate the ideas of starting, centre, and completion by perusing an assortment of stories and graphing the occasions on storyboards. As they retell the stories, understudies will be urged to make utilization of sequencing words, for example, (to begin with, in this way, at that point, next, from that point forward, at long last).

Where the Wild Things Are

Sendak, M., & Schickele, P. (1963). Where the wild things are. Weston Woods.

This is an anecdote about Max who takes on a wolf attire one night and troubles one sort and another, which is why his mother names him ‘Wild Thing’ and puts him to bed without food. The same night when Max is in his bed, the room turns into an ocean and he sees a boat. Max sails to a faraway place where he finds wild creatures. These creatures try to scare him off by staring, showing their teeth and claws, but this doesn’t scare him a bit. In fact, Max starts to stare them in their eyes showing he isn’t scared a bit. Wild things think of them as the scariest of them all and make him their KING. But after a while of leading them, he realises it’s a difficult job to handle same as how difficult it is for his mom to handle him. Max puts these creatures to sleep in the same way his mother did. As he realizes that the time has come to travel back to the home where all love him, he smells the tasty aroma of food that his mother had put for him to eat. The reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are questioning the author and concluding.

Questioning the author:

In this class, the teacher will select an interesting passage from the story, especially one that can trigger a conversation. From there, the teacher will choose appropriate stopping points that he thinks will help the students gain more understanding. For each stopping point, the teacher will create questions and queries asking what the teacher is trying to say, why the author used certain phrases and if it makes sense.

Drawing conclusions:

In this class, the teacher will ask students to read the story on their own and then write down explicit information as well as draw concluding questions. From there the teacher will ask these students to exchange their items.

A Little Princess

Burnett, F. H. (2002). A little princess. Penguin.

Sara Crewe, a splendid and creative understudy at Miss Minchin’s Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is crushed when she loves, the liberal father passes on. Presently poor and expelled to a room in the loft, Sara is belittled, mishandled, and compelled to fill in as a hireling.

One reading skill that the instructor can use in this story is describing the plot and visual imagery

Describing the plot:

In this class, the teacher will read a simple tale aloud and in instalments and make sure that the students use sticky notes to mark unusual places such as a humorous section, a section of tension and suspense and a situation they could relate to. Explain to students the meaning of a plot and its elements such as the beginning, rising action, climax, resolution and falling action. Ask the students to check their sticky notes and point out areas they want to discuss further and then ask the students to develop a plot of the story.

Describe visual imagery:

In this lesson, the teacher will start by reading and take breaks after one or two paragraphs that contain informative descriptions. The instructor will share the imagery that had been created in his mind and talk about the points or words that made him draw that image and then explain to the students those particular words to help them understand the story. The teacher will continue reading and then pause and ask students about a picture they have created. Find out if your images are similar and then discuss why.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Potter, B. (1902). The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Baker’s Plays.

It tells the story of a concealed home high on the slopes. It is found one day by a young lady called Lucie, who is looking for her missing pocket clothes. She thumps on the little entryway and meets Mrs Tiggy-winkle who does all the washing and pressing for the neighbouring creatures. Lucie spends a stunning day helping her, and it’s just the comfortable end of the day that she understands Mrs Tiggy-winkle is a hedgehog! One perusing expertise that the educator can use in this story is to decide the topic.

Determine the theme:

In this lesson, the teacher will inform the students that the author went through some experiences in life and would like to pass them on to kids. For that reason, the author has decided to share it through a book. The teacher will, therefore, ask the students to write about the kind of message that the author is sending.

Revealing Character:

The instructor will ask the learners to reveal characters in such a way that the traits of the characters are described. In this way, the learners will know the traits and will produce images of the characters thus getting information about each character to understand what is happening in the story.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Kellogg, S. (1997). Jack and the Beanstalk. Harper Collins.

This book is about a boy who plants a bean. The stalk grows so big and tall. Jack climbs up the beanstalk to find himself at this magical castle where a hen lays golden eggs and a harp that plays by itself. A big ogre is living up in the magic castle.

The reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are guided reading and retelling

Guided Reading:

The instructor will select a text from the story and ask learners to read it aloud. After they are done reading, the instructor will ask them a few questions about what they think the story will be talking about. From there, the instructor will request that they provide different ends.


In this lesson, the instructor will urge youngsters to delay after every part; more than once amid a photo book; and after each area of a course reading. Demonstrate to them how you stop, think, and after that retell to screen the amount you review. Call attention to that reasoning and retelling strengthens recalling the content. If there is a little review, rehash it and endeavour to retell it once more.

The Ugly Duckling

Andersen, H. C., Whitfield, L., & Pinkney, J. (1979). The ugly duckling. Troll Associates.

The Ugly Duckling is a little duck that was conceived looking uniquely in contrast to his different siblings and sisters. He felt like a pariah, and he was prodded and tormented by many. He perseveres loads of disparagement and tunes into bunches of negative remarks about his appearance. Supposedly on and as the Duck develops more seasoned, he, in the long run, transforms into an excellent swan.

The two reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are identifying the cause and effect and

Determining the cause and effect:

In this lesson, the teacher will introduce an anchor chart to which the students can refer as they read. Besides the teacher can use a few items which have a cause and effect such as the balloon. As the teacher demonstrates, he should ask the students about the cause and effect.

Making Connection:

The teacher will ask the learners to make connections. The three types of connections are text-text, Text-self and text-world. In this way, the learner can achieve the goals of self-learning and relatability. Thus making the message of the story easy to comprehend.

Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai. (2010). Inside Out and Back Again

It is a book with a series of short poems that are easy to read, poignant and descriptive. Even though it is not instructional and preachy, these verses provide information about how people live in Vietnam including clothing, food, politics, and war.

One reading skill that the instructor can use in this story is describing figurative language and scanning.

Describing figurative language:

In this lesson, the teacher will introduce students to the figurative style and make a list of a few terms in the symbolic language. The teacher will explain these terms and inform students how they are used in poems and stories. From there the teacher will read the story and ask the students to point out any figurative they can hear.


In this class, the instructor will compose a word on the board that exclusively happens once in the content. With the section before them, the educator will request that the understudies discover the word in the book. The individuals who see the word should hold up. Hold up until the point when all understudies remain to have the primary understudy bring up the sentence that the word is in. The educator can likewise utilize an all the more difficult elective, which is to just say the word out loud without recording it and have understudies scan it in the book.

The Gift of the Magi

Henry, O. (1963). The gift of the magi. Dramatic Publishing.

One dollar and eighty-seven pennies is all the cash Della has on the planet to get her cherished spouse a Christmas display. She has nothing to offer aside from her lone fortune – her long, lovely dark-coloured hair. Set in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, this great bit of American writing recounts the tale of a youthful couple and the penances each must make to purchase the other a blessing. Wonderful, sensitive watercolours by grant-winning artist Lisbeth Zwerger add new impact and appeal to this straightforward story about the prizes of unselfish love.

The reading skills that the instructor will use in this story are making predictions and skimming

Making predictions:

In this class, the teacher will start by looking at the cover of the book and asking the students to say what the book might be about. Before opening the pages, the teacher can say that the book might be about something and then compare it with what the students have said.


In this class, the educator will present skimming exercises where he duplicates the content, shutting out everything except for the title, pictures, first lines of each section, and the last passage. From this data, get your understudies to recognise the principle thought and why the writer is composing this story. Talk about what they think about the content and what they figure they will learn in the points of interest.

Canterville Ghost

Wilde, O. (2011). Canterville Ghost. The History Press.

This is Oscar Wilde’s story of the American family moved into a British chateau, Canterville Chase, much to the inconvenience of its worn-out apparition. The family – who declines to put stock in him – is in Wilde’s direction an editorial on the British honorability of the day – and on the Americans, as well. The story, in the same way as others of Wilde’s, is rich with mention, however, it closes with a wistful sentiment.

Two reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are identifying the author’s purpose and describing the main idea.

Identifying the author’s purpose:

In this story, it is essential for the teacher to start the lesson by asking students why the author wrote the story. Explain different structures the author has used in the story and then together with the students observe how the purpose changes in the story.

Describing the main idea:

In this lesson, the instructor will give understudies the “6 why questions” to get some information about the writer’s motivation in the wake of perusing a whole content. Who is composing this section and who did the writer need to peruse this book? What is the creator saying? Why is the creator saying this? At the point when did the writer compose this story? Where does this story happen? How did the writer compose this story? By getting the rudiments of the creator’s motivation, we would be more able to effortlessly comprehend what the fundamental thought is.

The Crows of Pear Blossom

Huxley, A. (1967). The crows of pear blossom. Chatto & Windus.

The Crows of Pear Bloom recounts the account of Mr. Furthermore, Mrs Crow, who lives in a cottonwood tree. The ravenous Rattlesnake that lives at the base of the tree has a frightful propensity for taking Mrs Crow’s eggs previously they can bring forth, so Mr Crow and his insightful companion, Old Man Owl, devise a tricky arrangement to deceive him.

Two reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are making context clues and inference

Context Clues:

In this lesson, the instructor will choose a made-up word and utilize it in a wide range of logical sentences, and solicit understudies to decide the significance of this non-word. Keep the same made-up word for each sentence, however, utilize proper word endings to outline the adjustment in the grammatical feature. Utilizing the same non-word all through the activity will keep them from depending on their lexicons while likewise shielding them from believing that this word is a genuine word.


In this lesson, the educator will utilize enigmas in class as an amazing method to represent the significance of deduction. Begin with something basic like, “I adore my activity. I go to the healing facility consistently, and I deal with my patients. What am I?” Students ought to effortlessly have the capacity to distinguish the depiction of a specialist/nurturer. Ask them how they realized that when you never expressly expressed what your activity was.

The Golden Goose

King-Smith, D. (2009). The Golden Goose. Yearling.

This book recounts the account of an agriculturist, Skint and his family who have fallen into tough circumstances at Woebegone Farm until the point their goose lays a brilliant egg. With the introduction of Joy the Golden Goose, the fortune of the Skint family starts to change. Be that as it may, the most critical inquiry is posed when individuals get some answers concerning their brilliant feathered companion.

The two reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are adjusting the reading rate and annotating the text

Adjusting reading rate:

In this lesson, the instructor will present altering the perusing rate and talk about how understudies can modify it to advance cognizance of writings of different levels of trouble. From that point, the instructor will disseminate green, yellow, and red highlighters and models of how to peruse and check the content with green to demonstrate a quick rate, yellow to show a halfway rate, and red to show a moderate rate. From that point onward, the educator will disseminate the content. Alone or in sets, understudies will read the content and stamp each line or segment with the fitting shading highlighter to demonstrate the level of trouble, and the correspondingly suitable perusing speed.

Annotating text:

In this lesson, the teacher will select a short text particularly one that is complex for students to read. After that, the teacher will develop questions based on the text for students to answer after reading and making an annotation. Besides that allows students to develop their questions and discuss both students and the teacher’s questions.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales

Thomas, D. (1995). A Child’s Christmas in Wales (Vol. 812). New Directions Publishing.

In this story, a Welsh craftsman surveys the celebration of Christmas in Wales and the feelings it evoked in him as a youth. The story is a recounted retelling of a Christmas from the perspective of a youthful kid and is a romanticized adaptation of Christmases past, depicting a nostalgic and less complex time. It is one of Thomas’ most prominent works.


In this class, the instructor will disclose to understudies what imagining means and demonstrate to them the Visualizing notice. As a starting action, read the sections resoundingly and request that understudies envision a “photo” of the perusing in their heads. It might be useful to depict this movement as “mind T.V.” As understudies tune in to the readings, they should close their eyes and take pictures in their heads as though they were viewing a network show.


In this exercise, the teacher will ask the learners to self-question. Put themselves in place of the character and apply the scenario to themselves.

Amazing Grace

Hoffman, M. (1991). Amazing Grace, illus. Caroline Binch. New York: Dial.

Astounding Grace by Mary Hoffman recounts the narrative of a young lady called Grace who has clear creative energy and loves to reproduce well-known parts and incorporate her family for no particular reason. At the point when the school tries out for the part of Peter Pan, Grace chooses what she needs to experiment with; regardless of the partialities of her cohorts, Grace’s abilities radiate through.

The two reading skills that the instructor can use in this story are pre-reading skills and annotate the text


In this exercise, the instructor will make two simple queries relevant to the topic. He or she will ask the class to make two rows in front of each other. Then he will ask the class to ask each other the questions but promptly i-e 60 seconds. When one round is complete, the teacher will ask to rotate the row, so each learner gets a new partner each time. Repeat the procedure several times.

Annotate the text:

In this exercise, the instructor will underline important terms, circle any important definitions and meanings, separate the keywords and put them in margins. Signal those words for learners to comprehend easily.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Marshall, J., Ebert, J., & Buch, H. D. (1988). Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Dial Books.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a Caldecott Honor Book from the imaginative personality of James Marshall, and it is about how a devious young lady named Goldilocks discovers the most difficult way possible about being insubordinate to her mom.

Skimming and Scanning:

In this class, the educator will pick a page of content which can without much of a stretch be photocopied onto a solitary A4 page. This can be any book, and if the movement is rehashed, attempt to shift the sorts of writings that you utilise (e.g., stories, data books, and pages from lexicons). Ensure that every tyke has one duplicate. They ought to likewise approach hued pens and pencils. Read through the content with the youngsters to give them a general comprehension of it. Presently, request that they locate an alternate mix (e.g., “st”), ensuring that they are shading these in utilizing an alternate shading.

Compare and Contrast:

In this class, the teacher will ask the learners to compare and contrast the characters to have a better understanding. For comparison and contrast, the learners will be asked to write three positive and negatives of each character

Millions of Cats

Gág, W. (1971). Millions of cats. Enrich Culture Group Limited.

Quite a long time ago, there was an old man and an old lady who were forlorn. They chose to get a feline; however, when the old man went out looking, he found not one feline, but rather trillions of felines! Unfit to choose which one would be the best pet, he presented it to them all at home.


In this class, the instructor will start by perusing and enabling understudies to tune in to the content determination.

1. Ask understudies the accompanying system questions:

2. What are the principle thoughts?

3. What are the significant subtle elements vital for supporting the thoughts?

4. What data is unimportant or pointless?

5. Have them utilize catchphrases or expressions to distinguish the principle focuses on the content.

Drawing Conclusions:

In this class, the learners will be asked to draw conclusions based on the questions in the summary. Write two points each in the conclusion.

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

Steig, W., Robbins, R., Steig, J., & Ledgerwood, L. A. (1969). Sylvester and the magic pebble. Aladdin Paperbacks.

Sylvester is a donkey who likes to collect pebbles. He finds out one of his pebbles is magical. Whenever he wishes anything when holding that pebble, his wishes come true. One day a lion threatens him so he wishes to turn into stone. But now he can’t turn back into a donkey. Sylvester eventually reunites with his family when his family comes to picnic at the rock that is Sylvester. This reunion makes the story a magical adventure and a lesson on the importance of family.


In this class, the teacher will give the class five minutes to brainstorm ideas relating to the topic of the reading. Then give them a further five minutes to organize their ideas and to form sentences. Once they have completed this, encourage them to get up and move around the room and share their thoughts with other learners.


In this class, the instructor will educate understudies that they will tune in to a story read so anyone might hear. Solicit them to picture the occasions from the story as it is understood. At the moment that the teacher is finished scrutinizing, exhort understudies that you will finish an energetic depiction of what the story means to them. Draw (quickly) a photograph on distribution paper with the objective that the understudies can see it. Approach understudies to determine their understanding of your photo. For what reason do they think you drew that photograph? What do they think it suggests? After understudies have discussed your photograph, give them a comprehension of your representation.



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