Book Talk Thursday ~ Roses are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink

It is time for another edition of Book Talk Thursday!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and there are so many fun books to read.  One of my favorite books to read is Roses Are Pink, Your Feet Really Stink.

Gilbert sits down to write his Valentines and doesn't have anything nice to say about Lewis and Margaret.  He writes mean Valentines for them but signs their names to them.  When the students at school find out, they don't want anything to do with Gilbert.  He realizes that he has to change his ways and make things better.

The story is a wonderful example of how characters can change throughout the story.  Next week I plan to use this book with my second graders to help them see how characters change.  I plan to use this simple graphic organizer to help them identify how and why Gilbert changes in the story.

You can grab it for free by clicking on the picture above or {here}.

What are your favorite books for helping students see how characters change?  And what are some of your favorite books for Valentine's Day?

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  1. Thanks so much for the "Character Change" Freebie! I love to use Kevin Henkes' "Julius, Baby of the World" to show my 2nd graders how Lilly's attitude toward her baby brother changes over time! My favorite Valentine book is The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting with pictures by Jan Brett!

  2. I agree about the Kevin Henke's books, Jennifer. Lily certainly has a few changes of heart along the way in her stories!
    Thanks for sharing, Andrea!

  3. Thanks so much for the versatile graphic organizer! I'm thinking since it's all about having a change of heart, it can be used any time of year. :)

    Not very fancy


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