Finding Winnie…’s Butt
Since it won the Caldecott Medal last week, I’ve been reading Finding Winnie to all of my classes (I work with students in grades K-4). I love the book, and it’s been getting a great reception from kids.
Especially the furry butt cheeks.
What? You don’t see them?
Now, don’t be ashamed if you don’t – I didn’t either. That’s because there aren’t any butt cheeks, of course. But when I’ve shown the cover, about 1 out of every hundred or so students have giggled. The first time or two, I had no idea why. Then the third kid just came out with it. They think Winnie’s knees are Winnie’s butt.
Through the butt see-ers’ eyes, Winnie is facing toward the boot, not away.
So, if you ever want to spice up your read aloud, tell kids some readers don’t see Winnie’s knees, but…
Are you a butt see-er, or a knee see-er???
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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