The Watermelon Seed
by Greg Pizzoli
He looks very alarmed about this, and I find out why?he thinks it’s going to grow a watermelon inside of him. He imagines all sorts of horrible things. I love how he gives a big burp and the seed flies out. ?Oh. Here’s the seed.? The deadpan way he says that cracks me up. (CCRA.R.4)
He swears he will never eat watermelon again. Ha! I don’t believe him’do you? He loves it so much that I just don’t think he can resist it. Sure enough, at the end of the book, he chomps down a big hunk, seeds and all. Here we go again!
This makes me think about how hard it is to resist eating something I love (like cupcakes or brownies, for me). We don’t always do what we know is good for us. (CCRA.R.2) It’s like how Lily takes her purple plastic purse to school and plays with it (Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes) even though she knows she shouldn’t. (CCRA.R.9) I have a lot in common with Lily and the watermelon eater:>)
In this blog feature, I share a picture book I really enjoy and externalize my process of reading it–and then I go back and add in the CCSS Anchor Standards that my reading thoughts relate to. I’m hoping this will be useful for those of you who are?educators sharing books with kids and perhaps give you ideas of some?elements you could include?in your book discussions.