Cindy Ellen – Teaching Literacy 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 #14

Cindy Ellen – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

Once upon a time, there was a sweet cowgirl named Cindy Ellen, who lived with the orneriest stepmother west of the Mississippi and two stepsisters who were so nasty, they made rattlesnakes look nice! But when a fast-talkin’ fairy godmother teaches Cindy Ellen a little lesson about gumption, Cindy lassos first place at the rodeo and the heart of Joe Prince….

You may think you’ve heard the story before-but you’ll get a side-splittin’ bellyache after you’re through with this hilarious rendition told Wild West-style!

Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Cindy Ellen?

Word Choice
– What words does the author use that depict this story as a Western?

Compare and Contrast
– How is this story similar or different from the fairy tale“Cinderella”?

Narrative Structure

  • –  characters
  • –  setting
  • –  plot events
  • –  resolution


– What are the words “Bang”, “Bing”, “Ping”, and “Zing” called?

Paired Passage
– Back of book has “A Little Western Lore”


Cindy Ellen can be found on Amazon click HERE

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