Heymans, Annemie.(1993). The Princess in the Kitchen Garden. Farrar Straus & Giroux.
This is a picture book written for 1st-3rd graders.
IV. The main issue raised in the book is grief, and dealing with death. Two young kids just lost their mother, and this death has caused their father to withdraw emotionally and physically. Throughout the book you see how the kids are dealing with this grief, and how not having a parental figure present in their lives affects them.
The one thing that stood out as being very unique in this book is it’s style. The story is told primarily through the two children’s monologues. This made sense to me, but I could see how it would be confusing for a young child. After reading many reviews of the book people seem to think that the fragmented way that the book is written is supposed to coincide with the fragmented and broken way the kids are feeling after their mother’s death. This makes a lot of sense after reading the reviews, but I do not think a young child would think of that.
Objective: Students will be able to share their feelings in a group setting, and listen as their fellow classmates share their feelings.
- What are feelings?
- Does everyone have feelings?
- What kind of feelings did the characters have in this book?
Activity: Individually students will write down how they are feeling on a piece of paper, then if they feel comfortable they will share in front of the class.
CCS.Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
CCS.Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.