Reader’s Response ~ The Big Orange Splot

What a random little book find! Have you ever read The Big Orange Splot by D. Manus Pinkwater?! I never had until one of the girls on our team was telling us about it a few weeks ago. It’s a cute little story about people who live on a street where ALL the houses look EXACTLY the same until one day a guy spills orange paint on his roof. SO…he decides not to “fix” it, but paint the rest of his house instead. Everyone tries to get the guy to change his house back to being “normal”, but he encourage people to embrace the differences! SUCH a cute little message! After we read the story, I passed out a little house template and had the kids decorate their houses to reflect their likes and interests. Then we hung them up and turned them into our “Writer’s Block”. They loved it!!





  1. This is my absolute favorite book from childhood. I purchased on for my classroom and read it every year to my students. I love, LOVE, LOVE this book!

  2. I still have my copy of this book that I ordered in elementary school nearly 35 years ago! I'm excited to use this activity this year in first grade! Yay!