Go on a wonderfully wild adventure with Ned in this Classic Board Book edition of Fortunately from celebrated dancer, choreographer, and beloved author and illustrator Remy Charlip. Fortunately, Ned was invited to a surprise party. Unfortunately, the party was a thousand miles away. Fortunately, a friend loaned Ned an airplane. Unfortunately, the motor exploded. What else could go wrong as Ned tries to get the party?
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Herein lies the third installment of my Storytime Suggestions series. We covered Toddlers. We covered Preschoolers. Now a little something for the older tykes. Maybe my favorite age to read books to, truth be told. These are the kids I feel more comfortable experimenting on with new picture books. It was difficult to choose where to begin. There are so many titles out there that I adore! But my surefire winner, hands down, has to be Fortunately by Remy Charlip.
As you can see, it has a truly magnificent arc. And according to a commenter on Amazon clearly I go to only the most reputable sources for my information , in the title was changed to What Good Luck! What Bad Luck! The reasoning? Who knows. In any case, it was changed back, though you can still find paperback editions of What Good Luck… floating around for sale online. Folks may know Charlip for his impressive picture books, popular for decades. Later, when Selznick gave his acceptance speech, Charlip was present and received a standing ovation.
It helps to look really regretful every time things do not work out for little Ned. His pain is your pain. His joys, your joys. The book is just that good. The high point, for me anyway, is when he missed the pitchfork.
The pitchfork, for one, looks like a pretty done deal. Not minor inconveniences. The end of his life as he knows it!!! Riveting stuff. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person.
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Follow her on Twitter: fuseeight. Love it! I would be interested to see what you do with a more serious book. I love to share this book with my k-2 crowd at school. You can be as dramatic and goofy as you want, always a good thing. Especially the Washington D. Thanks for the dramatic reading! I have read Fortunately aloud to a first grade class for many years.
What a great choice. The students love it, and I love it every time I read it again. Thanks for recommending it. As that version came out in 69, I must have been at least when we got it. I read it for years. FYI: I think I know why they changed the title and the text in the book. Fortunately is too big a word for such young kids. Luck is far more easy for kids to understand than Fortune. And I am darn sure that I never would have as much loved nor as well remembered reading a book that kept saying Fortunately, Unfortunately instead of Good Luck, Bad Luck.
Ipso facto! Just not the same movie. Yes, agreed, mostly. But when you say the much simpler 2 syllables of Good Luck or Bad Luck with positive and negative intonation as we did in our heads as we read it, no one ever read it TO US then the effect is even greater good luck , However, no matter how you change the intonation of FOR… and UN-FOR… they very much sound the same bad luck. IMO, kids most assuredly get good vs.
Un-fortunately, the intonation really only changes on the UN- part. Try it. Fortunately, I just did, many times. Also the reason to not go with Luckily and Un-luckily or the like. One plus of Fortunately? But does it dazzle and suck them in as much as Good Luck, Bad Luck?
I think not! That does a jolly good job of separating the book from the mere fortunate parts. I can say that one advantage to Unfortunately is the threat of almost certain death that permeates each unfortunate encounter.
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Storytime Suggestions: Fortunately by Remy Charlip
Herein lies the third installment of my Storytime Suggestions series. We covered Toddlers. We covered Preschoolers. Now a little something for the older tykes. Maybe my favorite age to read books to, truth be told. These are the kids I feel more comfortable experimenting on with new picture books. It was difficult to choose where to begin.
Top 100 Picture Books #81: Fortunately by Remy Charlip
And Fortunately , for good or for ill, was one of those staples. I loved it for so many reasons. For one thing, when you show kids the cover they are not enthused. And when the pitchfork and the tigers come along you have them squarely in the palm of your hand.