More Spaghetti, I Say!

ISBN-10: 0590457837
ISBN-13: 9780590457835
Author: Gelman, Rita Golden
Illustrated by: Gerberg, Mort
Interest Level: K-2
Publisher: Scholastic

Publication Date: January 1993

Copyright: 1992

Page Count: 32

Series: Scholastic Reader Level 2

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Interest Level

Grades K-2

Reading Level

Guided Reading: G
Lexile: 250L
Accelerated Reader Level: 1.2
Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5

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Stories in rhyme

Stories in rhyme

Stories in rhyme

Minnie the monkey is too busy eating spaghetti--all day, in all ways--to play with her friend Freddie.
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11/29/2011 9:54:40 AM
I have a very fond childhood memory of the moment I learned how to read. Obviously, it took years of dedicated elementary teachers and countless nights of shared reading with my parents and older sisters, but in my mind, it boils down to one summer with one book. More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman will forever be the book that taught me to read.

After my kindergarten year, the hotter-than-usual temperatures kept me indoors curled up with my summer reading list. I spent the next three months reading More Spaghetti, I Say! to myself and anyone else who crossed my path.

Personal memories aside, More Spaghetti, I Say! makes for a universally memorable read and a great contribution to the classroom. When Freddy looks to Minnie for an afternoon of play, he finds Minnie too busy to play as she gorges on spaghetti. “I love it on pancakes with ice cream and ham,” Minnie declares, “with pickles and cookies, bananas and jam.” The rhyming text flows easily and elicits excited predictions from young readers: What could Minnie possibly put spaghetti on next?

As a teacher in a kindergarten classroom, I used More Spaghetti, I Say! as a mentor text in writing, a leveled book for guided reading, and a shared reading experience during read-aloud. The text includes multiple examples of punctuation, grammar, rhyme, and capitalization. It also lends itself to many themed activities with spaghetti, friendship, and monkeys.For teachers in Kindergarten through Second grade, I highly recommend adding More Spaghetti, I Say! to your classroom library.