Pop! Pop! Pop! is a humorous family narrative about a girl and her older sister who find out how not to make popcorn.
This text supports the comprehension strategies of making connections with real-life experiences, making and confirming predictions, and following the steps in a process. It lends itself to expressive reading and provides excellent models for writing.
? the dramatic and lively nature of the text
? the strong narrative structure
? the humour in the text and the illustrations
? the characterisation of Jo
? the expressive dialogue
? the use of italics, repetition, onomatopoeia, and exclamation marks for effect
? the lively verbs – jumping, pushing, popped, squealed
? the many alternatives for “said” – asked, called, cried, laughed, squealed
? the indicators of time – after a few minutes, after dinner, after a while, soon
? the contractions – couldn’t, I’m, it’s, won’t, wouldn’t
? the variety of forms of some verbs – laugh, laughed; make, making; popped, popping; tried, trying
? the possessive apostrophe in “Toni’s”
? the “ur” sound – burn, turned
? the words – enough, spoonfuls, squealed
? the idea of a gas stove
? the term “popping corn”.
Themes covered in this book are: Family, Food
Reading Level: 15-16 (Orange)