“Nelly loves her Daddy Gnu. He always knows just what to do.
A great big box, some tape, and string-Daddy can make anything!
First they measure. Then they draw. Nelly tapes, and Daddy saws..
Then, they add a little glue. Nelly and her Daddy Gnu!
A perfect little house for one! But Nelly thinks it’s not quite done….
It needs some flowers, just a few. Time to shop with Daddy Gnu.
A big adventure to the store! Plants and hammers, ladders, more.
Would she like a better view? Take a ride on Dady Gnu!”, (Here is a picture of Nelly on her daddy’s shoulders.)
And so the story goes, they look for paint, brushes and other items to complete the house. Nelly goes on to talk about how much fun it is to spend time with her daddy. However, at one point she becomes separated from her dad and gets a little scared. But of course he’s not far away and Nelly is all smiles again.
The end of the story goes like this:
“Paint the house with brick designs. Big bright flowers, climbing vines.(Picture of them painting the house together.)
There’s nothing that these two can’t do-Nelly and her Daddy Gnu.
Time for dinner, Daddy cooks. Then they read their favorite books. (Picture of both sitting in a chair together while daddy is reading to Nelly)
Every night and every day, Daddy makes it all OK.
He always knows just what to do…Nelly’s Daddy, Daddy Gnu”
What do you do when you have a big box?
This beautiful book takes you through the process step by step as Nelly and her daddy make the playhouse. (this would be a great mentor text for procedural writing)
When Nellie and her dad go to the store to buy paint for the playhouse
she gets lost. Uh-oh!
Thankfully Daddy Gnu is right there to make everything okay and they make it home to paint the box.
This book is by the bestselling author of the Llama Llama books and they are every bit as endearing.
The rhyming words, beautiful illustrations and opportunities for kids to make text to self connections with the story are sure to have them asking you to read it again and again.
Here is a sample of the text:
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