In fourth grade we are all about digging deep, re-reading to find evidence to back up our ideas and opinions.
In Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, two boys are digging in order to find something spectacular.
There is humor here, lots of dead pan humor, as well as a little dog who is very wise, and a surprise ending. Here’s the trailer Mac & Jon made.
If you have a slightly more Gallic sense of humor, you might enjoy Three Little Peas by Marine Rivoal.
Here, two little peas go on an adventure of a different sort and eventually end up underground. The artwork in this is stupendous and tells more of the story than the text does.
I have a fondness for stories about peas. Seriously. In first grade, I wrote a story called “The Pea Family” and later, in grade seven, I returned to it during a writing unit and wrote “The Pea Family and the Yellow Beans”, a story a bout cultures clashing. I used felt for the peas and beans. Very cutting edge. It was the 70’s after all.