By: Alane Adams
I LOVE…LOVE…LOVE…this book. Alane Adams has a way with words that makes the story truly come to life while Lauren Gallegos’ illustrations draw you in deep to the story.
This is the second book about young Georgie. The story is set in Pennsylvania during 1920’s. Georgie is sent to gather the eggs but soon discovers all the eggs are gone. Initially he thought it was a wolf that was hiding in the corner of the henhouse but he realizes the wolf is a stray dog. Not wanting his mother to send the dog to the pound, Georgie and Buster (The name Georgie has given the dog.) are on a mission to find eggs. Although I tend to think Georgie learned a lesson in The Coal Thief because he was not about to steal eggs from Mrs. Kolbach’s henhouse as Buster was suggesting. In a fun twist of events Georgie does get eggs while continuing to demonstrate his strong moral character.
This is a book every elementary teacher and parent should own! It can be used in reading, writing, word work and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) activities. Using this book in various content areas makes it a complete mentor text.
- The ingenuous connections between The Coal Thief and The Egg Thief (words and illustrations) make them a perfect combination for comparing and contrasting two stories.
- Using words and phrases to create visual images (i.e. His head hit the table with a thunk; dragged himself out the door; boots squelched in the mud; took off in a dead run; swollen from rain; tugging; etc.).
- Reading different types of dialogue (said, continuation, no said) and various said words.
- Teaching contractions in context of a story (I’m, what’d, can’t, what’s, she’ll, don’t, how’d, etc.).
Finally the illustrations are astounding. The details in every illustration had my second grade students and I memorized. We have read the story multiple times for different reasons, but we also enjoyed just reading the pictures under a document camera. The students spent time just soaking in the illustrations and how they contributed to the overall mood of the story. This isn’t a book to add to your wish list…it is a book to own! 5 stars