I would like to share another one of my favorite Read Alouds today. It is called Heckedy Peg, and it’s written by Audrey Wood. Unlike my last recommendation, this story has an interest range for Primary students so I’d really recommend it for Kindergarten through the very beginning of third grade. The links in this post are affiliate, so if you click on one of them I may receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.
“Heckedy Peg” is about a mother and her 7 children, which are all named after the 7 days of the week. What story, however, would be complete without a witch, and the witch is named Heckedy Peg. In the story each child asks their mom for something special. Their requests are as unique as their names, and once again engaging for children. The story continues and Heckedy Peg proves to be a villain. Each child’s unique request of their mother, however, ends up being a clue for their mother later in their rescue.
Why Children Enjoy Heckedy Peg
Primary aged children are quickly engaged by this book for several reasons. The first is the illustrations. They are amazing and draw the children in. The second reason is because of the names of the children. They are named for the 7 days of the week. Primary aged children find the names very funny, and it helps them reinforce the days of the week and their order. Finally, children like stories with witches, and love seeing good triumph over evil. Young primary children might be a little scared at first, but love the part when the mother comes to the rescue of her children.
I enjoy sharing this book with my students not only to reinforce their days of the week, but because the book helps my children with deduction/matching skills. In the story, the mother has to identify what Heckedy Peg has turned each of her children into. The mother is able to think about what each of her children wanted, and uses that as a clue to identify each child. It’s fun for the students to try make this connection as well. Each year, Heckedy Peg is one of my students’ favorite stories. I highly recommend it. Happy reading!