According to Webster’s dictionary, a legend is defined as a story about an unusual event or occurrence that many people believe is true but that is indeed not true.
At school, we often teach legends to our students by explaining that these fictional stories have been passed down from generation to generation through the utilization of story-telling.
We teach our students that these legend stories were created in order to explain how a natural event began, and it started as a way for early people to explain unknown phenomes, such as the seasons or day turning to night.
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors by Drew Daywalt is a fun take to a modern-day legend. I brought this book into my classroom at the end of the school year, and my students went wild!
They loved, loved the humor behind the story. I often found them laughing out loud and showing each other Adam Rex’s illustrations. Needless-to-say, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, was a hot commodity in my classroom, and it found its way into each of my student’s hands.
I loved how Drew Daywalt’s story included all the required features of a legend. It explained the creation of the game rock, paper, scissors in a manner that did fit alongside other urban legends.
In addition, all the characters in the story were personified objects that utilized their experiences in order to explain the creation of something deep in history. I have no idea where the game started, and I loved the take that The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors, took in order to come up with a possible origin for where it even began. But most importantly, my students loved Drew Daywalt’s hilarious take on the origin of this famous game!