Sassy the Ghost Dog

An exciting experience with literature can occur in the most unexpected places. While vacationing at the beach this week, 5-year-old Sarah implored her parents to go down to the beach at night with a flashlight to tell ghost stories. Sitting there in the dark, the ocean waves crashing and the wind whipping, Sarah shone her little flashlight up under her chin and wove an intriguing tale about a ghost dog named Sassy. At the end, in a hushed voice she said that people had been looking for Sassy ever since. Suddenly she was on her feet searching for clues. By now it was getting really dark and more and more deserted. In an attempt to get Sarah back to the hotel room without an argument her parents suggested she draw a picture of Sassy so people would know what she looked like and maybe even some “lost dog” posters to hand out at the beach the next day. Sarah scooted quickly back to the room and drew a picture of Sassy, carefully labeling it. Then she proceeded to make about a dozen “lost ghost dog” posters. Realizing it might also be helpful if people knew Sassy’s story, Sarah wrote and illustrated the spooky tale. It didn’t end there. The next night uncovered the story of Sassy’s 15 ghost puppies, also requiring the completion of an illustrated book.

Sassy the Ghost Dog

Sassy the Ghost Dog

Sarah writing in the sand the next morning.

Sarah writing in the sand the next morning.


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Deanna on August 21, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I was very impressed with this site. I explored it last night and can’t wait to try some of the ideas I got with my 2 and 3 year old granddaughters. I liked the links to “Picky Eaters” and the alphabet work sheets. I can see endless possibilities for parents who are home with their little ones.


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