Alternate title: Leves, by Luke Diehl
The highlights, for me:
1. Clearly, I make my kids do things they don’t want to, and it sticks with them enough to write a story about it later at school.
2. Luke is learning about similes. I can only guess what a firebowlit is, but I’m guessing it’s pretty hot.
3. The addendum on page 3, where he felt it necessary to stress that there were 5000 leaves to be raked, and that was not a detail that should be left out.
4. Somewhere along the line, I apparently used my mad mom skillz to make this horrible chore fun (for the record, I don’t think I’ve ever made them rake and then not let them jump in the leaves before we pick them up).
5. Spelling is improving, as is the random capitalization that is a persistent issue. The way our school district works with correct spelling/creative spelling is this: the kids have 5 spelling words a week, and those words go on the “word wall” in their classroom. After a word is on the wall, they are expected to spell it correctly all the time. Otherwise, they just sound it out.
6. It’s hard to see on the scan, but on the last page, he wrote the rest of his story, erased the entire thing, and then rewrote it. I’m guessing he didn’t want to redraw the picture! Speaking of which, it’s funny to see his pictures on stories like this vs. his artwork from school or here. You can tell when he’s really trying, and he definitely gets more creative and takes more time on the artwork than on pictures that accompany stories.