By Marianne Dubuc
There's no neighborhood like a Marianne Dubuc neighborhood - this time in an apartment building!
It's a special day at 3 Maple Street. It's Little Rabbit's birthday! His mother makes him his favorite breakfast. His sister has drawn him a picture. And, best of all, he's having a birthday party! His friends are invited, his father is decorating, and his mother is baking a cake. But that's not the only thing going on at 3 Maple Street today. The Cat family is moving in upstairs . . . the Fox family is having a new baby . . . Mr. Owl is trying to sleep . . . there's so much happening inside (and outside) this lively building, it's hard to keep track!
This multilayered picture book from international award-winning Marianne Dubuc allows readers to peer into the homes of all the charming animal families in the building on every spread. Though there is one main story, captured in the text, there are multitudes of other stories-within-the-story, told in visual narratives. Dubuc's winsome one-of-a-kind illustrations include heaps of clever details for children to pore over, promising something new to discover with every look and encouraging visual literacy in readers and prereaders. There are terrific social studies connections here on the concepts of community, inclusiveness and belonging.
How is your house different from the building in the story? How is it similar?
Choose two of the apartments and retell the story for those families.
1. Reread the story and find the fairy tale characters not mentioned in the
text - Goldilocks, LIttle Red Riding Hood, Wolf, and the Three Little Pigs. Create a story about what they are doing.
2. Draw a map of the inside of your home.
3. Watch this video to learn about different types of homes. Mr. Puell - Different Types of Homes