Meow Monday from the Bonnie Bumble series written by Phyllis Root begins with this opening line: One Monday, Bonnie Bumble’s pussy willows all burst into bloom.
The kittens raise such a ruckus the cows won’t give milk and the hens won’t lay eggs. Bonnie pets, brushes and plays with the kittens but nothing works.
Then Bonnie remembers the milkweed. After feeding, they curl up for a catnap. The farm returns to normal. Everything is calm until…
the dogwood blooms.
This book promotes fluency, flexible thinking and imagination.
TITLE: Meow Monday
AUTHOR: Phyllis Root
ILLUSTRATOR: Helen Craig
PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2000
AGE GROUP: 4-6
CREATIVE COMPONENTS: fluency, flexible thinking, imagination
1) From a plant resource book, find plant names that you can use to create a new plant like the author did with her dogwood plant. Sketch your new plant. Name your new plant.
2) What would happen if lions barked and hippos chirped? Imagine what the world would be like if animals changed how they “talked.”
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