It’s a no-text picture book with the story told entirely through the illustrations, and for professional purposes, it’s perfect for using with ESL students or any other group needing oral language development activities. It would also be a great book to use with Kinder/Prep/Foundation students when the focus is on retelling stories in sequence.
There are two alternating stories: the left and right sides of the book tell a different tale. On the left hand side there are two chickens with their chicks and a worm, and on the right there are two little girls playing in a wheelbarrow – and having little squabbles as they do. It’s very simple, but there’s lots to talk about…
The Red Wheelbarrow shows that sometimes it’s the simple things in life that create the best stories.
Author: Briony Stewart
Title: The Red Wheelbarrow
Publisher: UQP (University of Queensland Press) 2012
ISBN: 978 0 7022 4925 9
Source: Review copy courtesy UQP.