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English 328 9 April 2003 The book I have chosen to read is Rumpelstiltskin This version has been retold and illustrated by Paul O Zelinsky This story was one of the original Grimms tales and also received the Caldecott Honor medal Zelinskys oil paintings are filled with emotion and beauty The detail of the illustrations evokes the brilliance of the late medieval setting and the universal appeal of this beloved folktale I chose Rumpelstiltskin because it is a popular childrens tale I wanted to choose a book the children were familiar with so they can participate in the reading The children participating are in third grade however a few may be a little older Children during these ages are said to be Piagets concrete operational stage of cognitive development During this stage a childs ability to think logically is greatly improved from the preoperational stage The child is practical-minded and has difficulty with abstract thought Egocentrism is virtually eliminated by this stage and the child can now understand views other than his or her own Slavin 36 In this age group reading levels are quite varied but consistently improving Norton 13 As children improve their cognitive skills they are also developing self-concepts ways of interacting with others and attitudes toward the world Slavin 48 According to Erickson children between the ages of six and eight are experiencing the industry verse inferiority stage of the psychosocial development A childs main influence comes from peers and teachers Slavin 50 Another characteristic of children in this age group is the growth in their language development On average children speak in sentences consisting of nine words Norton 10 It is my opinion that children in this age range are quite capable of comprehending and participating in the reading of Rumpelstiltskin Their social cognitive and language development levels will allow the children to relate to the characters understand the plot and also express their feelings about the story Another factor
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