Perfectly Norman

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Written and Illustrated by Tom Percival

Publisher’s Summary:
Norman is thrilled to discover he grew a pair of wings overnight, but his excitement turns to doubt when he realizes he is now different from everyone else, causing him to question whether there is such a thing as perfectly normal.

Primary Source Pairing:
The bright orangey-red cover on this book is the reader’s first clue that color plays an important role in the telling of this story. Creator Tom Percival uses color as if it is a character in and of itself. For this primary source pairing, use the illustrations in the book as the primary source. Remind students that primary sources are defined as an artifact created during the time of study. We are analyzing the recently published book Perfectly Norman so that makes it our primary source. Before reading the book, instruct students to take special note of the colors in the book. As you read the book, the students will be color investigators. Read the book in its entirety then go back and revisit each page and discuss how color is used and what the colors mean. As instructional time allows, split the storytime into two lessons to maximize the visual analysis of color and the accompanying discussion.

Questions for Discussion:

  • What colors do you see?
  • What do you notice about how color is used in the illustrations?
  • Why is the color yellow used so frequently?
  • What makes Norman unique?
  • Why does Norman get nervous and embarrassed when he realizes he is unique?
  • How does the end of the story include color?
  • What makes you unique?
  • What is your favorite color?

Book Cover and Summary: Follett