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Too-Tall Paul, Too-Small Paul

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I love the Real Kids Readers because of their large font, fabulous rhymes, and beat-like rhythm. Additionally, these readers use photographs of real children and are exceptionally done with white backgrounds-thus making the characters crisp and clear.

I have several Real Kids Readers that I enjoy, but I chose to post on this one today because of the terrific facial expressions. Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have difficulty interpreting facial expressions. For example, a child with ASD may laugh at another child who is crying (because they don’t understand that that child is upset). This book gives the reader several opportunities to talk about emotions, facial expressions, and (school time nightmares) teasing.

In this story there are two Pauls in a class. One is very Tall, or too-tall Paul, while the other is very short, too-small Paul. Merits of being small and tall are discussed. Mostly, however, the Pauls are sad because they are teased in school. Of course, there is a happy ending to this short, rhyming book. The Pauls become friends and begin doing magic together. They become “The Amazing Pauls”.

Speech Therapy ideas:
1. For advanced /l/ students only: this is a great book for practice final /l/ sounds. However, this should only be done if the child is quite good at making /l/ in the beginning of words.

2. Practice rhyming words. See if your child can figure out which two words rhyme. Or, have your child try to fill in the blank for the last word.

3. Discuss facial expressions. How is are different people feeling on each page. Why? Have you ever felt this way before?

4. Discuss possible next steps. What could Paul do or say when others act this way?

5. Retell the story. This is a great short story for retelling. Your child can use the pictures as prompts if necessary.

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  1. Sounds like a super book on lots of levels.

  2. What a great book. I wish that all kids could understand the way teasing effects others.

  3. We read Aidan a couple of stories every night before bed. I think reading to your child is a wonderful thing.

  4. Sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh, wow! I’m not familiar with these. They look and sound very cool. I’ve been retired for too long! I loved your late April Fool’s story…very funny!

  6. Sounds like a good series of books. I’d never heard of them either.

    Hey, I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned it or not, but I really like the new look!!

  7. Hi- Thanks for stopping by my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s fun to “meet” you, as a NW adoptive mom! I’m in west Portland.
    This book sounds great! ๐Ÿ™‚ My youngest sister is on the autism spectrum, so stuff like this always catches my eye. It sounds like you do wonderful work!
    Michele ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. new to your blog through my daughter at choosing my own.. I love this post. I didn’t know about these books. I will be reading on!!

  9. What great ideas of how to share this book.

    I was a Special Ed teacher before kids. Makes me kind of miss it!

    Thanks for visiting my Photohunt!

  10. i am getting this! My older son can speak but it takes a while to process his words and he is painfully shy.
    Thanks for visiting my blog!

  11. Those are great books! I do like tham also.
    Thank you for sharing!!!

  12. Great books! Thanks for sharing it with us!

  13. Oh CC it’s so good to have another teacher nerd around (no offense, of course). I LOVE these books too for the exact reasons you mentioned.

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