Fantastic Flying Books – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

I am sharing a book a day for the next 30+ days. Picture books that can be used to teach literary skills to middle or high school students. Just because they are in the older grades doesn’t mean that picture books can’t be a great resource on its own or as a paired passage. Here is #13

Fantastic Flying Books – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

The book that inspired the Academy Awardwinning short film, from New York Timesbestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce.

Morris Lessmore loved words.
He loved stories.
He loved books.
But every story has its upsets.
Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.
But the power of story will save the day.
Stunningly brought to life by William Joyce, one of the preeminent creators in children’s literature, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today’s world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it’s story that we truly celebrate—and this story, no matter how you tell it, begs to be read again and again.

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Fantastic Flying Books?

Vocabulary: wander, happenstance, squadron, thud, amiable, chatter, rustled, scarcely, emerge, bittersweet


Why does the author use “festive squadron” to describe the lady’s flying books?
The author uses “depressing thud” to describe Mr. Lessmore’s nonflying book. What image does that portray?

What is the tone of the story when the storm arrives and when does it begin to change?

Describe the character of Mr. Lessmore based on text evidence.
How does the name Lessmore define the main character?
What did Mr. Lessmore mean that he would carry the books in his heart?

Why did Mr. Lessmore not know where to go when his words were scattered?
What building did the flying book bring Mr. Lessmore to that housed many books?
Why did filling the last page in his book mean it was *me for Mr. Lessmore to move on?

Discussion Questions
What does “whispering an invitation to adventure” mean to you? Have you ever had a book bring you an adventure?
Have you ever gotten lost in a book? Would you like to find a story that good?
Do you agree with Mr. Lessmore that “Everyone’s story maBers?”
What do you think the girl’s story will look like? (Prediction)

Extension Activities
Compare Mr. Lessmore to real life Bill Morris.

Watch the short animated movie based on the book and discuss the importance of a video with no words to tell a story. (found on Youtube)


Fantastic Flying Books can be found on Amazon click HERE

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