One Day, the End: Short, Very Short, Shorter-Than-Ever Stories

by Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Fred Koehler

Nine stories are told almost entirely without words, with only the repetition of... read more

Nine stories are told almost entirely without words, with only the repetition of “One day” at the start of each and “The end” at the conclusion. The rest is all through done through illustrations. This technique requires readers to slow down and study every page—to read the illustrations—in order to understand the story’s plot. Although the device is the same with each story, there is enough visual variety to keep readers interested in a book that shows great respect for children in providing them the tools to figure out what’s happening for themselves. A fresh, original, and playful way to tell a story. (Ages 6–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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