I love this book. I have read it a number of times and have even blogged about it before. It was our grade 3 book club choice for this month. In the middle of reading it this time, my husband had a stroke. I had a hard time getting back into it because knew I wasn't eager to see Jess go through that loss again while I was going through something hard. As my husband improved though, I was able to finish it. Interesting how our own emotions and difficulties make some stories more difficult.
This time I practice my Notice and Note skills. It was a great experience to find all the sign posts along the way! I have been dancing around the edges of the sign posts, always asking others what they are rather than searing for them myself. After I wrote them all down, I realized there could be some debate about what sign post they fit with. Clearly, there may be be overlap and some would put these ideas in other places. I guess that it what makes for a great discussion.
I really enjoyed it though and plan to do this with more books.
Our own beloved Storybook Theatre did the play recently too. Jess was played by one of my son's friends, Gabe T. We loved the play as well.