Category Archives: Nature

Knock Knock

“Knock Knock”

In the book, Knock Knock, joke telling is the story teller. As Bear is getting ready for bed, his friends keep knocking on his door interrupting Bear’s plans for hibernation.

With each knock, Bear becomes more and more annoyed until Al knocks on his door and a surprise unfolds.

This story promotes creative components of humor and originality. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of how the author combined two things that don’t usually go together – jokes and bears, to produce a humorous story about hibernation. Additionally, the full-of-life illustrations depict vibrant characters that lend another layer of storytelling.

TITLE: Knock Knock

AUTHOR: Tammi Sauer

ILLUSTRATOR: Guy Francis

PUBLISHER: Scholastic Press, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): friendship, jokes, hibernation

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent your own knock, knock jokes about another animal who hibernates.

2) Create more knock, knock jokes with your friends to make a joke book. Here is a joke of mine: Knock, knock. Who’s there? Ida. Ida, who? Ida wanna do my homework.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Tammi Sauer, visit:

http://www.tammisauer.com/about-me

To learn more about illustrator Guy Francis, visit:

http://www.guyfrancis.com/Kactiguy/Home.html

Snow Music

Snow Music”

Do you hear it? 

Peht. 

Peht. 

Peht. 

Snow is falling. 

Follow a deer and a lost then found dog as they wander through this musical snow-covered world in Snow Music. 

Author/illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins creates music bars for snowballs, dog tags, and snow plows that tickle the imagination. 

Sing along as if you were in the car slushing through the snow.

This story promotes creative components of originality and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book for how the author/illustrator immerses and interacts with the reader to bring the reader into this musical snowy world in such an original way.

TITLE:Snow Music

AUTHOR: Lynne Rae Perkins

ILLUSTRATOR: Lynne Rae Perkins

PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 2000

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): rhyme, snow, music

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) What sounds do you hear in your neighborhood when snow is falling? What sounds do you hear in your neighborhood when snow is melting? Using onomatopoeia to describe your sounds, have someone guess what makes that sound?  Onomatopoeia is a word created from the sound it is describing. For example, sniff sounds like when someone sniffs through his nose.

2) Sing along to a song about snow.

3) What would the sound of snow falling sound like to a deer or rabbit whose ears are shaped definitely than human ears?

4) Like the author/illustrator did in the story, write music bars for the things related to winter activities such as skiing, ice skating, or sledding.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Lynne Rae Perkins, visit:

The Night Box

The Night Box”

 Have you ever wondered what happens when the sun sets and night awakes? In The Night Box, a beautiful poetic bedtime story, the magical nature of Night is explored.

Max watches the “last drips of light.”

After he gets ready for bed, he slips the key into the Night Box. Night tumbles out. It has a job to do.

After a busy darkness, Night gets sleepy. It returns to the box and Day spills out.

This story promotes creative components of wonder, imagination, and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because

TITLE: The Night Box

AUTHOR: Louise Greig

ILLUSTRATOR: Ashling Lindsey

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2017

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): night, overcoming night fears

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, imagination, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) In the story, everything has something in the dark. The branch has an owl. The wall has a tree. What other things can you think up that go together in the dark? For example, the lamppost has moths.

2) If you owned a box with a key, what would come out of your box when you unlock it? What if your unlocked box was filled with an element of nature, which element would it be and how could it help others?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Louise Greig, visit:

https://www.egmont.co.uk/books/author/1051/louise-greig

To learn more about illustrator Ashling Lindsey, visit:

https://ashlinglindsay.co.uk