Alicia Salazar

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! by Mo Willems

Are you afraid of new and unfamiliar things?

The Book of the Week is The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!, written and illustrated by Mo Willems.

About the Book:

Pigeon doesn’t want to go to school. He doesn’t know what school is like or what will happen there or if anyone will like him. He doesn’t know if he will like school. He wishes he was a baby, anything but to have to go to school. Will Pigeon ever agree to go to school?

Watch Mo Willems talk about his book below:

Writing Exercise for Kids:

Pigeon is afraid of the unknown. He doesn’t know what school is like or what to expect when he goes there. Think of a time you did something new. Were you scared like Pigeon? Write about how you worked up the courage to do what you were afraid of.


K-5 Writing Prompt Activities_Pigeon Has to Go to School


K-5 Writing Prompt Activities_ Pigeon HAS to Go to School

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Happy writing!


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