Sew What? Book Review and Activities

I’m reviewing a new book by Glen A. Penrod called Sew What?

Title: Sew What?

Author: Glen A Penrod

Illustrator: Kelly Echevarria

Publishing: Dymon Publications, 2017

Ages: 5-7

Summary: A cute story about working together, written almost entirely in one-syllable words, with a few tongue twisters thrown in for fun. Gives children reading practice through repetition, rhythm and word play.

Opening Lines: “So…,” he said with a sigh. She sewed.

Review of Glen A Penrod\'s book: Sew What? Post includes lots of ways to extend the book in the classroom.


  • This book is meant for a reader who’s well beyond the emergent stage and is at least three-quarters the way through the early developmental reading stage (Guided Reading: G, DRA: 12, AR: 1.6).  So late Grade 1, but Grade 2 students would also enjoy it! Although most of the words are one syllable (a very cool feature) the word play requires a higher level of thought and discernment.
  • It’s a sweet story, and as mentioned above, has a cooperative theme, which I like.
  • The word play is fun. It’s full of homonyms, alliteration and some tongue twisters.
  • There’s lots of repetition, which is great for new readers.
  • This would be a very good book to use in a guided reading group of 4 to 5 readers
  • It would also work well at home for some extra reading practice

Review of Glen A Penrod's book: Sew What? Post includes lots of ways to extend the book in the classroom.


  1. Before a child attempts to read a new book on their own, I’ll often read it to them first, just so they have a feel for the story before they get started. Before the read-aloud, tell the kids the book has lots of homonyms (but don’t tell them what that is) and see if they can figure it out.
  2. After several readings (either whole class or individually) collect the homonyms from the story. Write them on cards. Brainstorm more homonyms and add those words to cards also (it would help to have a prepared list in case the kids need help).
  3. Sort the homonym cards (we often do this in a large pocket chart as a class). Let the kids figure out their own sorting rules. Sort in many ways.
  4. Musical Homonyms: Pass out the homonym cards to the whole class (everyone needs one card), dance around to some music, and when the music stops each child must find their homonym partner. When they find their partner they must each read their word and then make up a sentence containing both words. This gets noisy but kids LOVE it! After a few moments, mix up the cards and play again.
  5. After a few rounds of musical homonyms, challenge each pair of students to print a silly sentence using the homonyms. Illustrate it and share it with the class when done. These will be a BIG hit!
  6. Present the class with two sentences: one that contains alliteration and one that doesn’t. Discuss the differences in the sentences. Tell them which one is alliterative but don’t tell them why. See if they can figure it out.
  7. Work in pairs to create some alliteration sentences; the funnier the better. Be sure to illustrate each one and share them with the class.
  8. Create a class book of ABC Alliterations! The kids could work in pairs (or with older buddies) to create an alliteration sentence for each letter of the alphabet.

Glen Penrod has a couple of other books.

My five-year-old grandson can read Jump on the Bump on his own (it’s for emergent readers) and he loves it! It’s a very cute story.

He also wrote A Cow on the Couch. You can read my review HERE.

You can also find Glen Penrod’s books at Let’s Read It Again.

DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy to review. All opinions are my own.



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