Some Birthday!

Another great summer time book by Patricia Polacco is Some Birthday!  After her parents divorced, Patricia and her brother Richie spent the summers in Michigan with their dad.  Their dad was quite a character and you can tell where Patricia gets some of her story-telling talents.

In this story it's Patricia's birthday and her dad has quite a surprise for her. 

She's sure everyone has forgotten her birthday because not a word has been said about it all day!

When her dad gets home from work he tells the kids it's the perfect night to go down to the clay pits.  The kids have heard it's haunted, so of course, they all want to go!

They gather the flashlights, cameras and a hamper full of hot dogs and marshmallows.  Around the fire dad tells them about the Clay Pits monster.  As the kids are watching and waiting for the monster to appear from the swamp, dad sneaks away.  The next thing they see is a spooky shadow from the water.  

The kids all run for home, only to find out the monster had been dad who had fallen into the water!

The adventure with a special birthday cake for Patricia, which grandma had ready for their return from seeing the monster!

Ask your students to draw and write a birthday surprise with this page you can download for free to use in your classroom.

Some Birthday!--Crockett's Classroom

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