Owen by Kevin Henkes is the story of a little mouse named Owen who is attached to his fuzzy yellow blanket.
Today our students cut out stick puppets and practiced retelling the story to partners during Writers' Workshop. In order to write a retelling, you first have to be able to retell the story orally. The children brought their puppets home today so invite your child to show you the puppets and practice retelling the story. Below is the story with a beginning (including the characters, setting and problem), the middle (with three events) and the ending (with the solution). See how well your child can retell this delightful story!
Owen had a fuzzy yellow blanket at his house that he loved and took everywhere that he went, but he could not take it to school.
His neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, asked his parents if they had ever heard of the Blanket Fairy that takes blankets during the night and leaves big boy gifts. They had not, but Owen hid the blanket in his pajama pants.
His neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers, asked his parents if they had ever heard of the vinegar tick that makes the blanket stinky. they had not but Owen buried the blanket in his sandbox to get rid of the smell.
His neighbor, Mrs. Tweezers asked his parents if they had ever heard of just saying no. they had not but Owen cried and cried.
Owen's mother had an idea and she snipped and sewed. she cut the blanket into little handkerchiefs so Owen could carry a piece of the blanket everywhere he went. Owen was happy.