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