What We’re Reading: Masterpiece by Elise Broach

what we're reading

What We’re Reading is a blog series where we talk about the books Hampton Lutheran School teachers are reading out loud in their classrooms. Here’s what Miss Pope has been reading to her first and second class recently.

book cover of masterpiece by elise broach

In first and second grade, we just started reading Masterpiece by Elise Broach, which is illustrated by Kelly Murphy. The book is about a family of beetles who live behind the kitchen sink in the Pompaday family’s apartment in New York City. Marvin, the boy beetle, draws a fabulous picture with the new pen and ink set that James, the human boy, got for his birthday. James is amazed at the drawing, and Marvin introduces himself to James as the artist. James is shocked to learn a bug drew such an amazing picture!

But James’ parents think he drew the picture and compare him to Albrecht Dürer, a famous artist. James is then asked to forge a Dürer drawing in a plan to catch an art forger. The story is full of art history, suspense, mystery, and wonderful illustrations.

Masterpiece is our pick for One Book, One School this year, so every classroom is reading it. Every year we try to chose one book that each teacher reads to their classroom. I thought this would be a fun book for us to read because it encourages students to use their imagination in their own writings—especially as the school gets ready for NaNoWriMo in November.

First and second graders are only a couple chapters into Masterpiece, and so far the kids are enjoying the book! They love the creativity and the idea of a small family of bugs living in the walls and going on adventures.

Ask your child to tell you all about their favorite part Masterpiece by Elise Broach to start a fun conversation about reading!

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