Sunday, May 5, 2013

Language Arts Must Read Mentor Text Linky: Arnie the Doughnut

It's Sunday, which means another great linky party with Amanda and Stacia over at Collaboration Cuties.  This is always an opportunity to learn about great books that really work in the classroom.

Why not join in the fun by clicking on this link?

A favorite of my students is Arnie the Doughnut, by Laurie Keller.

Where to I begin to sing the praises of Sweet Arnie?  He's a doughnut who doesn't realize that his job...his sole purpose for to be eaten.  So, when the nice man comes and takes Arnie away from his cozy home in the bakery case to his new home, a comfy "bed" is created with a soft napkin on a lovely plate...and then...

You get the picture.

I use Arnie the Doughnut to teach the following:

  • dialogue
  • point-of-view
  • tongue-in-cheek humor
  • puns/plays on words
Arnie's just too stinkin' cute to not use.

He's a great read aloud with lots of little "side commentaries" that make the kids laugh out loud.  (I can never have too much of that!)

So put yourself and your kiddos in a sweet mood and pull out Arnie the Doughnut today.  He's a sweet treat you'll find yourself going back to again and again!

Have a Sweet Sunday!



  1. Thanks for sharing this Mentor text. I love books for diagloue and puns.
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

    1. Me too Michele! I'm always on the lookout for fun books, and this one certainly fits the bill. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Ok, this looks absolutely precious!!! :) I must have a copy to share with my kiddos! :) Thanks so much for sharing this book. :) Adding to the list now...
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. It's a good thing to have a list to add to, isn't it? I'm not so sure my hubby agrees with me on this! Thanks for visiting Brandee!

  3. This looks adorable! Can't wait to read it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Koonce’s Korner

  4. This looks like a great book! I'm adding it to my wish list!

    Learning With Mrs. Brinn

    1. Glad you stopped by to check this out Gwen!

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  6. I have this book and I have not used it yet. You are right, it is so stinkin' cute! But I hadn't decided how to use it! I'm glad you decided it for me! :O)

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. Thanks for putting this great linky party out there Amanda! It is a ton of fun!