Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Sandman by Ralph Fletcher

This tiny little man stumbles upon a magical dragon scale that puts people into a deep and refreshing sleep. Wanting to help others, the Sandman, who is the size of a thimble, goes around town sprinkling magic sand on the eyes of children who can't sleep. When the dragon scale runs out he goes on a quest to the dragon's lair to fetch another one. See if he succeeds on his dangerous journey.

The illustrations and writing in this book are fantastic! I can read it over and over and not get sick of it. The tension mounts as the Sandman waits for the dragon to return. I like how Fletcher uses repetition such as, He waited..." , at the climax to make the moment more dramatic and scary. The students really enjoy this book. Make sure you read the dedication page. It's funny.

Reading Level 2.6

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) 5 out of 5 Smileys

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