Where is Rusty?


Title: Where is Rusty?

Author: Sieb Posthuma

Illustrator: Sieb Posthuma

Publisher: Gecko Press

Year: 2015



Story Element #3 PLOT   Plot is simply the who, what, where, when why of a story. The answers to those questions are revealed through the sequence of the story, usually in three basic parts… Beginning, Middle, and End.

A technique that many teachers use to teach plot is an anchor chart which prompts the students to summarize the plot of the story in as few words as possible. Here are just a few examples I copied from Pinterest…

In the story Where is Rusty? the who, what, and where of the story are foreshadowed on the front cover. Rusty is a small white dog who is lost in a store. But that’s not the whole story. To find out the plot you must first read the story.

Put simply, Rusty gets distracted by a dog biscuit machine in a large department store and gets separated from his mother. He’s afraid of getting locked up so he hides among the sales items until someone spots him and he is reunited with his mother. That’s very sketchy and not very interesting. The story itself is in the details. If you really want to know what happens read the book.

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16 Responses to “Where is Rusty?”

  1. Linda E.H. February 18, 2015 at 5:55 PM #

    Any dog will tell you, it is so easily done. Those darn dog biscuit machines can be soooo distracting. 🙂 How clever. This is a subject all children AND adults can relate to. I remember when I was a child and got separated from my mom in department stores. It was so scary. Now I experience that from the mom side. Still scary.

    This sounds like a great story and the book cover is precious.


  2. Christie Wright Wild February 17, 2015 at 3:18 PM #

    I love the someone wanted but so then one. I used it on my blog, as well. For your link at the bottom, if you could edit your post and change the final > to a >, then it will work for you.


    • Christie Wright Wild February 17, 2015 at 3:19 PM #

      It’s the “& g t ;”


      • Juliana Lee February 17, 2015 at 10:03 PM #

        I have no idea, what this means, or why I’m doing it, but I went back to your page and did a copy/paste again. It seems to be working.


  3. viviankirkfield February 17, 2015 at 12:08 AM #

    Love the anchor plot chart, Julianna…great tool! And this book was a great choice to show the element of plot.
    What a fun challenge…so glad it gives me the opportunity to come and visit. 😉


    • Juliana Lee February 17, 2015 at 1:25 PM #

      Thanks Vivian. As a teacher, I used anchor charts a LOT! I think it’s good to see how many different versions there are of the same/similar topics.


  4. SevenAcreSky February 16, 2015 at 11:39 PM #

    Rusty sounds clever! I’ll have to find this on Juliana, it being new (2015) it may not be in my library yet. Great review.


    • Juliana Lee February 17, 2015 at 1:27 PM #

      I found it at my library… actually, I use my library’s website to find their newest books and order them as soon as they are listed. This came out early this year, I bet you can it!


  5. Joyce Tucker February 16, 2015 at 9:08 PM #

    Now I will have to read to find out all the little details about Rusty!


    • Juliana Lee February 17, 2015 at 1:27 PM #

      Heeheee. Got a little busy that day and didn’t give you as much information as I usually do!


  6. Lindsay Bonilla (@LindsayBonilla) February 16, 2015 at 7:39 PM #

    Rusty looks so cute! I definitely want to check out his story!


    • Juliana Lee February 17, 2015 at 1:29 PM #

      I thought about using this one for theme too… getting lost is pretty terrifying for most little ones. Rusty does some funny things trying to hide, but he learns his lesson in the end.


  7. thelogonauts February 16, 2015 at 6:17 PM #

    Sounds cute!

    Looks like your spell checker got the best of you to – a ver for very, and I think your script will work if you remove the space after the link address.


    • Juliana Lee February 17, 2015 at 1:31 PM #

      Thanks for the catch! It probably wasn’t a spell checker mistake, it was probably just me trying to move too fast across the keyboard! Fixed it… now to go back and see if I can figure out the link… that thing is driving me batty!


  8. ManjuBeth February 16, 2015 at 5:50 PM #

    Love the cover art. I better read Where is Rusty? to find out how he gets into trouble. 🙂


    • Juliana Lee February 17, 2015 at 1:32 PM #

      The pictures are clever and fun! Get yourself a copy, I’ll bet you like it!


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