by Mo Willems
Piggy and Elephant are about to start a game of catch when their friend Snake asks, “Can I play, too?” Both are puzzled by the request because Snake has no arms. But the three friends try hard to find a way to include everyone in the game. After trying different solutions, poor Snake is about to give up, saying, “Well, I guess I can’t play after all.” This is a wonderful read-aloud book with very funny illustrations.
Discussion questions from SOMN
- Why is Snake so sad? What do you think Elephant and Piggy can do? How can they solve the problem?
- Have you ever had to think of a new way to do something so that a friend could play with you?
Classroom activities from SOMN
- Give each student a piece of paper folded into 4 squares. In each square, students write or draw:
- something they observed in the book,
- something they wondered about,
- a sensory description—smell, touch, etc.,
- how the story is like something they did or that happened to them.
- Let small groups of children act out parts of the book for the class.