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The Squash Trolls

Illustration

Goal

Write and illustrate a book for second grade students that emphasizes the importance of community and that is accessible to readers of different skill levels.

Context

Communities are a major concept in Manitoba's grade two social studies curriculum. This story establishes the importance of gardens as spaces for building healthy communities through both actions and stories.

Solution

For accessibility, the story is written at both a simple and complex level. The simpler, grade level text connects directly with the illustrations to help the reader interpret any new words.