Ariadne: Resources for Athenaze


Writing a Children's Book

Write a children's book based on Nancy Tafuri's What the Sun Sees/What the Moon Sees (New York: Greenwillow Books, 1997).

The words of the book are as follows:

The sun sees blue skies.
The sun sees crowded barnyards.
The sun sees sleeping owls.
The sun sees bustling streets.
The sun sees noisy playgrounds.
The sun sees rolling meadows.
The sun sees busy children.
And the sun watches until the moon comes up.

The second half of the book follows the same scenes, but at night:

The moon sees bright stars.
The moon sees quiet barnyards, etc.

Each page is illustrated to show what the sun or moon sees.

Now write your own story of what the sun sees in the world of Dikaiopolis and Myrrhine. In each sentence, follow the same pattern: "The sun sees adjective + noun." Then end with "And the sun watches until the moon comes up." Use only vocabulary that you have encountered in chapters 1-5. As a bonus, illustrate each sentence with your own picture. Even stick figures and simple sketches will help bring the story to life!



Classical Studies
Cornell College

Last Update: December 7, 2012 6:16 pm
John Gruber-Miller