Daisy enjoys playing with her fairies and I noticed her telling stories and acting them out. I asked if she would like to make a book to tell one of her stories. The response was one of excitement.
We sat down and discussed the story she would like to tell. I mapped it using a graphic organizer so we had a set story to follow.
Yes, this does seem very organized for a simple story but I wanted to be able to read the story again and again and not cringe. Daisy tends to tell a story one way and then forget what happened and change it for the next retelling. This is a wonderful way to improve and develop story telling skills but in this case we wanted a strong story with a problem to work with.
I helped her identify the characters, setting, problems, event and solution. I used a great Flip Chart which comes with a teacher's photocopiable book. I have used it when tutoring a grade 7 student and have found it very useful for learning how to structure and plan writing.
We used our plan to tell the story. I wrote the story and photographed...
... while Daisy acted it out with her fairies and various other toys and props we found.
Here the fairies are chilling by the pool. The story was simple but it had a problem to be solved.
This allowed us to finish with a satisfying ending. This picture in particular made Daisy very proud.
The fairies were trapped in the building. Big people had left a bowl of beans out for the fairies but didn't realize they were trapping the fairies behind the gates. The hummingbird took a message to the fairies chilling by the pool who came back and rescued the trapped fairies. They did this by sprinkling fairy dust on the bowl of beans. Daisy loved the realistic flying bowl of beans (I cropped her hand out of the picture).
The story (Daisy's story, in her words), photos and a little photo shoot in a fairy costume were made into a beautiful book.
Daisy was very proud to receive her own book 'Tinkerbell and the Great Fairy Dust Rescue" for her birthday. It has been well read and shared already.