Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
‘Never step on a snail’
Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan explores a relationship between two boys or brothers over the course of the summer holidays. This book is shelved in the Fiction section of our library and although younger readers may enjoy the pictures – it really is a book for readers who can think more deeply about what is happening as each page is turned.
There is no particular narrative in this story but rather a series of rules that one must not forget if they are to survive summer.
Each page adds more intrigue to the story being told through pictures and leaves many questions being asked by the reader. You may find many questions of self reflection being asked about children’s own approach to different situations and why that crow appears in nearly every page.
We had a lot of fun working through this picture book in four lessons. If you would like to go on a summer journey too: Visit my TPT store to purchase the lesson outline you can use with your group to explore:
– Details of the pictures
– The role adults play in the lives of children.
– Changing perspective.
– Creative thinking through the KAPLAN model.