Just for fun, this week I decided to show my first graders the book Round Trip by Ann Jonas.


If you aren’t familiar with this book, it’s premise is simple: the story follows a family as they get up early and drive through the country to the city. Kids at first are confused by the very basic black and white illustrations, but if you encourage them to use their imaginations, they’ll get into it.

The big surprise comes when the family sees the sunset in the city and it’s time to turn around. Then you literally turn the book around and go back through the pages, but now the illustrations are upside down and appear completely different.

This is a marshy area where the family sees summer houses.

Now it’s fireworks!

The kids’ jaws drop and their eyes get big. It’s a book best appreciated with a projector on a screen so everyone can see. It was a huge hit for me.

I also have Ann Jonas’s book Color Dance in my English as a Second Language section, it has a great multicultural message.

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