Many Moons by James Thurber – 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 #20

Many Moons by James Thurber – Teaching Literary Skills with Picture Books

Description from Amazon:

A wise tale of a little princess who wanted the moon and got it. “Grown-ups themselves will find the book hilariously funny. . . . The lovely, squiggly illustrations in color are exactly right.”–The New Yorker






Literary Skills that can be taught with the book Many Moons by James Thurber?

Vocabulary: surfeit, handkerchief, parchment, scarabs, ambergris, troubadors, conjured, philters, unguents, asbestos, motley, lute

Types of Fiction

What type of fiction is this story?
What elements of this story let you know it is a fairy tale?

What kind of father is the King?
Who is the wisest person in the kingdom? Use text evidence to support your answer. Compare each of the King’s men in a chart.

Narrative Structure
What is the main conflict of the story? What type of conflict is it?
How would you characterize the King, the Lord High Chamberlain, the Royal Wizard, the Royal Mathematician, the Court Jester?
How is the conflict in this story ultimately resolved?
Chart the events of this story on a plot chart.
What is the climax of the story?

What can you infer from the wives lists that were added on to each parchment?
What can you infer about the child’s illness that the moon was able to make her better?

Figurative Language
Explain the use of figurative language to describe the moon by each of the King’s men. What figurative language is used to when the moon winks at the Jester?

Many Moons can be found on Amazon click HERE

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