Very few picture books have an action-packed story such as Ezra Jack Keats’ Goggles. Peter stars in this book; his sidekicks are Archie, who doesn’t say anything, and Willie, his extra-smart wiener dog.  Set in an urban junkyard, Peter, Archie and Willie work together to keep those big boys from stealing the goggles Peter found.  Keats does an expert job of dialogue and childhood sensibility.  And all Archie needed was a little adventure to speak.

After you read this with your students, and after you discuss the rich setting, the trick and why Archie changed, put this book in a canvas bag with a pair of goggles so the kids can read the book wearing goggles during silent reading time.

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About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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