|Fortunately, her gown was long enough to cover her boots!|
Notes: This book has a great feeling about it, of wide open spaces and possibilities. The illustrations are just fanastic: Cinder's dress really is very salmonesque and the details of the Alaskan landscape, of giant trees and heavy fog are like a quick visit up north. The image of this gal in her silvery dress, firing up the skiff is a good one! And the illustration on page 15, of the "phosphorescent wake glowing like the train of a great wedding gown" glows with colors that break my heart. All illustrations are watercolors.
Montessori Note: My blue notebook tells me that last year at this time, several of my students were deeply into reading about Helen Keller (Scholastic Biography.
Our other work was Word Study, specifically compound words and prefixes. http://www.montessoriforeveryone.com/Free-Downloads_ep_35-1.html
It is fun to find the compound words in this story! Look for fisherman, smokehouse, overhead.
There are some good prefixes here too. Look for: mid (night), step (brothers, mother), and try adding im to the word possible! How many other words can you add it to?