Tuesday is an almost wordless picture book for children, written and illustrated by American author David Wiesner.
The story contains only six words and three points that determine the time of the action. The whole story is narrated by colorful pictures of frogs flying on their lily pads
The story begins on
“Tuesday evening, around eight”.
A group of frogs start their journey at some wetlands – the beginning of their night-time adventure. They levitate among birds that sit on the electric wires; fly next to the kitchen window where a man is eating his sandwich; visit someone’s backyard becoming trapped in their sheets and explore a house where an old lady sleeps in front of her television.
They encounter a dog who tries to catch one of the frogs, but changes his mind and joins their adventure.
Soon after, the frogs return to the pond where they swim and float on their lily pads as normal. Back in the city, people investigate traces left by the frogs.
The final pages of the book show
“Next Tuesday, 7.58pm”
Where pigs being to hover above the roof of a farm building.
To introduce this book to the children, I told the children they had to become detectives and analyse clues.
I gave the children the following clues which they had to discuss and make bullet points on what they found in each clue.
Once they analysed each clue, they had to write a paragraph explaining what they thought had happened (none of them guessed correctly!)
The next lesson involved looking at the following picture:
The children have to think about what a ‘good question’ is and write their 5 best questions to ask this witness (who will be in the hot seat).
To put the children out of their misery, I showed them a video version of the book.
Then for the final lesson, after discussing the features of a report, the children wrote their own report of what happened Tuesday night.
Other lesson ideas:
- Action sentences (list of three) for example – ‘The frogs swooped through the garden, dashed under the washing line and vanished from view.’
- Story structure – planning and writing a story. Particular focus could be on beginnings and endings.
- Re-write Tuesday as the pigs story or another animal that learns to fly.
- Newspaper reports / Police reports
- Explanation texts/ instructions – ‘How to make a frog fly’ for example.
- Writing the police interview / report at the end of the book as a play script than can be performed.
- Narrative poetry – write the story in verse
- Science– life cycles.
- Art– mixing shades of blue, perspective, life drawing, artist research, recreating illustrations.
- ICT –animation, internet research on frogs, PowerPoint etc.