La La La: A Story of Hope Teaching Guide

Our teacher discussion guide for La La La: A Story of Hope, a story about a young girl overcoming her loneliness, contains questions and activities to help guide your lesson. The teaching guide contains a brief explanation as to why "wordless" books are beneficial. Our pre-reading questions are intended to prepare your students for the story and meet Common Core Standards. The post-reading questions are intended to help students work on their memorization and critical thinking skills. Activities include chart making, learning how to be a good friend, information on bullying, and much more!
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La La La: A Story of Hope
Author: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Jaime Kim

“La la la . . . la.” A little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds — but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. . . . She has been heard. At last. With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, Jaime Kim brings to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

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