Oh, how I love this wonderful story! It's not a book I would have looked twice at if it happened to be on display at a bookstore. The illustrations look dark, so I probably would have passed it by.
I purchased a literacy unit from Deanna Jump on Teachers Pay Teachers and one of the books she used was Otis. I bought the book, and I'm so happy to have this in my classroom library now.
We focused on stopping to make predictions, because that's what good readers do. Tomorrow we will work with the same story on retelling and following a sequence of events. It is the perfect story to share with young children and then practice these important skills!
If you have favorite books for young children that you would like to share, please let me know!