Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Chocolate Touch (Patrick Catling)

My students loved this book. It is a silly story that teaches a great lesson. You can really have too much of a good thing. It also is a great way to talk about the nutritious foods we need to be healthy.  It is  also a great read-aloud.

This was a great story for connections. We read the story of King Midas after we read this book. It was fun to find the parallels between the two. The author did a terrific job of keeping all the important factors of that story in his story.

We also made connections to the story, Jeremy Thatcher Dragon Hatcher. When John Midas goes to the store and gets the chocolate it is similar to when Jeremy Thatcher turns a different way and ends up at the mysterious shop where he buys the dinosaur egg. Later in the book the store is gone when John Midas tries to take his dad to it, just like how peopl who didn't believe in dragons couldn't see Jeremy's dragon.

Goodreads Summary:

In a laugh-out-loud hilarious twist on the legend of King Midas, a boy acquires a magical gift that turns everything his lips touch into chocolate. Can you ever have too much of your favorite food? John Midas is about to find out….
First published in 1952, The Chocolate Touch was an instant classic—and has remained a timeless favorite with kids, teachers, and parents

We are also reading this book for book club. It was a little bit too short a read for book club, but everyone seemed to enjoy it, nonetheless. I am thinking that we for sure need to have some chocolate at our book club meeting this month!

Book Club was a lot of fun. We had chocolate that was melted in a slow cooker. It was divine! We dipped chips, oreo cookies and even pretzels! We all came out relatively free of chocolate drips on our clothes.
We read The Midas Touch and made connections with The Chocolate Touch. We also talked about what kind of powers we'd like to have if we could have similar powers. Some of the suggestions were:
  • The friendship touch (solve friendship problems immediately)
  • the disappearing touch (make things disappear!)
  • The gravity touch (touch something and poof! gravity has no power over it!)
  • Mind control touch (you could change what your teacher is thinking!)
  • Candy touch (turn everything to candy...wait a minute, didn't we learn a lesson?!)
  • The homework touch (touch the paper and your homework is done!)

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