Category Archives: Nature

The Earth and I

“The Earth and I”

This is a story about a very special friendship.

INTRO: “The Earth and I are friends. Sometimes we go for long walks together.”

Then the child listens to her.

The Earth helps the child grow and the child helps the Earth grow.

The child helps clean up Earth and she’s happy again.

This book promotes creative components of nature and compassion.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it illustrates in a kid-friendly way how nature and people connect together and the benefits of this friendship for both.

TITLE: The Earth and I

AUTHOR: Frank Asch

ILLUSTRATOR: Frank Asch

PUBLISHER: A Gulliver Green Book, 1994

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): Earth, friendship with nature

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: nature, compassion

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Learn about a region such as a meadow, forest, swamp, tundra, or jungle that is unfamiliar to you.

2) Take a nature walk. Find a nature item that sparks your interest and what a short story or poem about it.

3) In what ways are you thankful for the Earth? How might you show your gratitude for Earth?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Frank Asch, visit:

A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG

“A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG”

Silly word game + barnyard = picture book entertainment

First you get a two-word clue. Then you think of two words that mean the same thing but also rhyme.

Try your hand at guessing the answers!

This book promotes creative components of humor and flexible thinking,

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it makes the reader think in a different way through word play and connects readers to nature through photography.

TITLE: A Huge Hog Is A BIG PIG: A Rhyming Word Game

AUTHOR: Francis McCall

ILLUSTRATOR: Patricia Keeler

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2002

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): rhyming words, animals

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, flexible thinking

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own silly word game using a different setting.

2) Take a picture and make up a silly riddle to accompany your image.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Francis McCall, visit:

https://francismccall.com/home.html

To learn more about author/illustrator Patricia Keeler, visit:https://patriciakeeler-author-illustrator.com/artwork/4542894-BIOGRAPHY.html

Animal Camouflage

“Animal Camouflage: Search and Find”

Intro: Welcome to an animal adventure that will take you all around the world.

Inside the nature scenes of paper-cutting artist Sarah Dennis, readers will find animal characters that represent seven regions of the world. Before beginning the animal search, learn about the animals.

Now it’s time to search for the animals!

How many Asian animals did you find? Check out this book to discover additional animals from New Zealand, South America, the North Pole, and more.

This book promotes creative components of discovery and nature.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it teaches readers about animals from around the world in a playful, engaging manner.

TITLE: Animal Camouflage: Search and Find

AUTHOR: Sam Hutchinson

ILLUSTRATOR: Sarah Dennis

PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press, 2017

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): animals, habitats

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, nature

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What’s your favorite animal? Spend some time researching it and its habitat. Then, using your research, draw your animal in its habitat in such a way as to hide your animal for others to search and find.

2) Try your hand at kirigami, which involves paper folding and cutting with scissors.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/publisher Sam Hutchinson, visit:

https://www.thebookseller.com/futurebook/5-things-inspiring-b-small-publishings-sam-hutchinson-right-now-954081

To learn more about paper-cutting artist Sarah Brown, visit: