The Gist —
In ISH, Ramon is frustrated because he can’t draw the perfect vase. He tosses each attempt away, only to find that his sister has been collecting his drawings.
Why I like ISH —
This book is one of my favorite books to read to children. Children so often feel that if they can’t do it perfectly, then it is either not worth doing, or not worth anyone’s attention. Every year I have kids in the classroom who are self-conscious of their art, and hesitant to free themselves and just do it. ISH helps these children understand that there is beauty in imperfection, and that sometimes your trash is someone else’s wall-ready art.
Read Aloud Tips for ISH
(Read How to Use Book Notes if you are confused.)
* You don’t have to do all of these, in fact, don’t do them all. Just pick one or two prompts per read aloud.
** The key to using these prompts is to making them conversational and natural. If you pull out a print out of questions or sound too probing, your child will read right through you. Be casual and they won’t know you are actually increasing their comprehension and growing interest in reading.
It’s helpful to preview the books you will read aloud so you know when certain parts are coming. Your child can preview the book with you. Flip through the pages and take a picture walk, but don’t read the words yet. Gather ideas about the book and what the book could possibly be about. This shouldn’t take long, maybe one minute for a shorter book and two for a longer book.
Have your child make a prediction at a turning point in the book, like when Ramon walks into Marisol’s room. They will read on with interest to find out if their prediction is correct.
At the end of the story, ask your child to connect this to their life. Model this for them. If it is not a detailed example, encourage the use of specific language.
Example: When Ramon threw away his drawing I know he felt frustrated. I know this because once when I was trying to draw a turkey I couldn’t get it right and used a lot of paper.
Ask your child to close their eyes and build a picture in their head of the page you are reading. A great page to do this on is the one on which Ramon was drawing different ISH pictures. You could even have your child create their own ISH drawings once you’re done reading.
Again, make these small tasks / questions conversational, keeping the tone light and fun. This is a time to connect with your child and maybe learn something about them that you didn’t know.