The story: My Granny Went to Market is a story about a granny we would all love to have – a granny with her own magic carpet who flies around the world buying gifts.
- Intended for: Children ages 3-7 years old
- Published: Barefoot Books (MA), 2006
- Themes: World cultures and geography, counting, rhyming vocabulary, everyday activities, families
Dialogic Reading Tips: My Granny Went to Market is a counting book and a travelogue all wrapped up in one brightly illustrated story. In addition to a welcoming rhyming text, this book offers unusual vocabulary words for your child to learn…cowbells, boomerangs, tassels and trolls. This book has simple and traditional images to name with your young child such as farm animals as well as more unique and unusual images such as Japanese masks and Russian nesting dolls. Older children will enjoy looking at a globe or a map of the world to see the route granny travels during the course of the story.
Raising A Reader MA helps parents develop Dialogic Reading skills. Dialogic Reading is a child and an adult having a shared conversation about a book…it is interactive storytelling. Including a child in the telling of a story is not only a fun way to share a book, it stimulates the young child’s rapidly developing brain. This builds a strong foundation for future learning.
When reading interactively with a child there are three simple strategies to remember.
Ask “what” questions.
“What’s that man playing? Yes! It’s a drum….it’s a tall drum.”
If reading with a baby, simply name the object.
Expand on your child’s answer.
After you’ve talked about the drum ask, “How do you play a drum? Can we find something we can use as a drum so we can make some music together?”
Ask open ended questions.
“If your granny or someone else you love could fly on a magic carpet, where would you want her (or him) to take you? Why?”
Open-ended questions have no right or wrong answers, and require thought and imagination. These are for children who have mastered “what” questions.
You can also download the Raising A Reader MA Dialogic Reading Tip Sheet for My Granny Went to Market now!