The story starts with Rafael and other students in class when the teacher announces the Going Places contest. They were all going to get the same building kit and once they had built their go-cart there would be a race. Rafael is a conscientious student so he works very hard on building his go-cart EXACTLY like the instructions tell him to.
...until they fly up in the air and win the race!
At the end of the book they land their plane right at the foot of a large lake. Rafael sees a startled frog as they land. Rafael and Maya ask each other: Are you thinking what I am thinking?
This is a great place for asking students for predictions.
This picture ends the story. Rafael and Maya build a frog-based contraption to go over the lake! It is great to see that Rafael begins to get inspired by what he sees. He starts observing his world which inspires him. I always tell students that their best writing ideas come from their own experiences and observations.
This would also be a great springboard for a Part 2.
In our class, we read this book as a whole class assignment. I type out the words and we read it in small sections each day. After each section we visualize what the story is about and write the main ideas and supporting details. We also draw what we think the image look like that match the words in our own minds. When we've finished the whole book text we read the actual book. It's amazing how accurate the images are to the author/illustator's interpretation of the words.
After we read this book we discussed how ideas can form and change over time just as our Genius Hour topics will.