What we are reading this week! Seattle-area author and illustrator, Dana Sullivan has created an great story about an imaginative boy, Mateo, who is hoping for a cape for his birthday. Sullivan’s illustrations really capture the little boy’s superhero cape plans as well as the series events leading up to his birthday. This story is also a useful introduction to the concept of rhyming works, as Mateo and his sister heard two different things cape and cake (both of which can be red velvet, of course). Mateo also demonstrates good manners despite disappointment when he thinks his grandma made a cake (despite dreams of a cape). Spoiler alert, he gets the cape.
Rhyming is a new concept for us to tackle (three year old reader) and this book is a fun way to discuss and learn. I also really love that the main characters are from a family of color and appreciate the simple craft suggestion at the back of the book to make your own red cape. We improvised and just used a red scarf.
Dana Sullivan has written and illustrated quite a few other books. Take a look at his website for some sneak peaks.