44. Shrek! by William Steig
Retell: Shrek is proud to be an ugly ogre. He loves everything disgusting and enjoys scaring people around him. One day he visits a fortune teller who tells him that he is destined to meet a princess even uglier than he. With the help of a donkey he travels to the castle, defeats a knight and meets the princess of his dreams.
Topics: ogres, nightmares, monsters, fortune tellers
Units of Study: Fantasy
Reading Skills: monitoring for sense, envisionment
Writing Skills: using rhyme, including interesting vocabulary
My Thoughts: I never realized how different the original story was from the movie. The movie version has a much stronger moral more lesson but that doesn’t mean Steig’s classic does not have value as a read aloud. I think this book lends itself quite well to modeling how readers monitor for sense. Steig writes with rich vocabulary. His characters never walk, speak, or work. Rather they, stalk, hiss, and scythe. Giggle alert: the story includes the word jackass, which refers of course to the donkey in the story. Read aloud with discretion.