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  • 3 Billy Goats Gruff by Glen Rounds. Holiday House, 1993.
  • A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon.
  • A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. Both demonstrate a clear problem in the beginning, the struggle and humorous attempts to solve the problem in the middle, and a clear solution at the end. I follow both with a sequencing activity. Seems to work well...
  • Brave Irene by William Steig.
  • Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.
  • Doctor De Soto by William Steig.
  • Duck for President by Doreen Cronin.
  • Giggle Giggle Quack by Doreen Cronin.
  • Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry. It's about a little girl who tells stories and about the story writing process.
  • It's Mine by Leo Lionni. All the three frogs do all day long is bicker bicker bicker (it's mine) Until disaster strikes (middle) The frogs suddenly enjoy the newfound peace, (it's ours) perhaps they've grown up a little?
  • Little Loon and Papa by Toni Buzzeo has a very clear beginning (Papa tries to teach Little Loon to dive), middle (frightened Little Loon wanders off and encounters a bear, a moose, and a beaver), and end (the only way for Little Loon to reunite with Papa is to gather his courage and dive under the birch tree felled by the beaver).
  • Tabitha's Terrifically Tough Tooth by Charlotte Middleton. 2001
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett. Nicki loses his mitten (Problem) the animals all go inside the mitten (middle) Nikki finds his mitten (end)