We’re continuing to share our favorite fall books with you this week, and this one, “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything,” topped nearly every Literacy Leadership Team member’s list! Written in 1986 by Linda Williams, this text is still a much-loved story to share with children after nearly 30 years in print. “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” spans the ages. Toddlers through second graders devour this book with excitement each October.
After only one or two readings (or maybe even one or two pages), students will start reading the predictable text with you, “Two shoes go CLOMP, CLOMP, and one pair of pants go WIGGLE, WIGGLE.” The repetitive text offers a rhythm all students can be successful with, and the joy students find in dramatizing the story is unmatched. Anticipation builds at the end of the story with a surprise ending for the brave Little Old Lady.
Once students are familiar with the text, they will love dramatizing the story independently in the dramatic play center. To add to their joy, toss a pair of shoes, a pair of pants, a pumpkin head and other pieces the story refers to into a tub for students to use as props in their acting. For older students, allow them to re-write the story using different clothing items and add a new twist to the ending in addition to the repeated dramatizations.
Authored by Jordan Khadam-Hir, Rice University School Literacy and Culture