Stanley’s Store by Williambee, Peachtree: Atlanta, 2017.
Stanley owns a store and customers come to find what is on their grocery list. This is part of a series of books about Stanley and his friends.
What I like about this book
Stanley’s store is a bright and cheerful vocabulary book that will familiarize kids with products they might find at a grocery store. They will identify with Little Woo who loves to shop and grab all the sweets within his reach. Not only are many of the items found in the store labeled, the author also makes sure to include colors and shapes and textures as well.
The different characters and what they buy at the store also provides a structure to the story that will help build narrative skills. This book provides a lot of opportunities to ask questions. Here are a few to get you started:
- Who bought the cheese? And what problem did it cause?
- How would you solve Myrtle’s problem when she buys all of her cheese?
- Who are you in the story? Little Woo? Hattie? Myrtle? Stanley?
- What would you buy at the store?
How to use this book
After reading this book take a trip to the grocery store. See if you can find a small independent store that you haven’t been to. If available, find an Asian or Indian or other diverse ethnic grocery store to explore. Inside, locate the different departments and name what you and your child see. Talk about the shapes and the colors and the textures of the packages and foods.
Create a story about Stanley and what your child thinks Stanley will do after work. Write down the story your child tells and have her illustrate the pages.
What to read next:
William Bee is a prolific writer of children’s books. Here are just a few examples of his other books. (I am an Amazon Affiliate. I am not paid for my review, but if you click on the pictures, you will be directed to Amazon, where if you make a purchase, I do receive a small percentage.)
Do you have a favorite Stanley or William Bee book? Comment in the post below.