Memoirs of a Goldfish – Point of View


This week we read Memoirs of a Goldfish by Devin Scillian, illustrated by Tim Bowers. We talked about Point of View.  Prior to reading the book, we talked about  what a memoir  is  and that the pronoun, I,  referred to the character  telling the story and not the reader.


I displayed Really Good Stuff’s Point of View Poster and pointed to it as I talked about how many books are written from the point of view of a narrator, someone looking at what was happening and telling us, the audience, what is going on.  Some books are told from the point of view of a particular character.  An example of a story told from two different points of view is The Three Pigs.  We talked about the traditional story versus the True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, which is told from the wolf’s point of view.

We discussed how this story is similar to Diary of a Worm, which has daily entries and is told from the point of a view of a character who is an  animal.

Additional Activities: 

Featured Books – Point of View

Coloring Page – Goldfish in a Bowl  and My Fishbowl

Video – Diary of a Worm (INFOhio – K-5 – BookFlix – Animals – Pair #16)


About SHaberstroh

I'm an Elementary School Librarian, with a Masters in Library and Information Science degree from Kent State University. I retired at the end of the school year June 2017.

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