Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My Grandfather's Coat Picture Book Review and Activities

A rollicking, rhyming, fun rendition of a favorite folksong about a many-times recycled coat -- by the award-winning, bestselling team of Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock.

When my grandfather came to America
he made himself a handsome coat!
Then he wore it and he wore it and he wore it--
until it was all worn out!
So what did he do?

   He snipped and he clipped--
          and he stitched and he sewed. . .
                and out of the still-good cloth of his coat--
he made himself a smart jacket!

How many things can Grandfather make
out of that old frayed coat?
Jim Aylesworth's satisfying retelling and Barbara McClintock's heart-warming pictures celebrate the clever recycling of a beloved coat that lasts four generations -- until it becomes this story!

5 Stars
What a lesson in frugality! I loved the way every time the coat wore out the phrase was repeated, He snipped and he clipped--and he stitched and he sewed... In our throwaway society today, this is an excellent lesson for children to see that just because something is worn doesn't mean they can't use their imaginations and make it something else. Wonderful book and illustrations. 

Activities for another great old tale from Printable Pre-K
Use this classic story to teach sharing through shadow matching, an easy to learn and teach song, letter tracing and patterns. The story of Stone Soup, included in this packet has been reworded with vocabulary for an early childhood listener.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Picture Song Book Review: Santa's Song

Children of all ages will have fun and giggle along as they discover a new way to sing the popular tune "We Wish You A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."  Perfect each verse and then play along with letter combinations that will have everyone laughing out loud.  Fun for parents to share with children at story-time, or for the classroom. This silly song will create smiles and a jolly, happy time for all. The book is a companion to the award-winning Grafton and Scratch Publisher's edition of the classic poem, Twas The Night Before Christmas, edited by Santa Claus for children of the 21st. century.

4 Stars

Santa's Song is an easy-to-use concept. Take the song "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and change the beginning consonant. The book makes it effortless providing a verse for each letter. This would be a great songbook for a preschool class reviewing their letter sounds along with a visual cue for the consonant. There are few illustrations in the book except for the beautiful cover.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Picture Book Review: Santa's Countdown to Christmas

Help little ones be patient until Christmas with this storytelling twist on the timeless Advent tradition. Each day, starting December 1st and counting down to Christmas Eve, children can read a story that recounts how Santa and Ms. Claus, the elves and the reindeer get ready for the big night ahead, from Santa’s initial fitness test (will he make it through the chimney this year?) to a behind-the-scenes look at Santa’s toy factory. A book that captures all the excitement and the magic of the holiday season.
**Festive hardcover edition with glitter on the cover**

5 Stars
This is a terrific book for parents and kids to read every night during the month of December. Each day there is a little story about the goings-on at the North Pole as Christmas draws near.  Some days Santa is making cookies, some days making toys. He is also checking out those naughty and nice lists, but no fear. There are so many good boys and girls this year! This is the kind of book that will come out year after year on the first of December.

From Printable Pre-K

Use with Liz Curtis Higgs Christian Picture Book The Pine Tree Parable

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Picture Book Review: Pop Pop and Me and a Recipe

Enjoy this cooking story for young and old (Includes an original Recipe for Lemon Bar Cake)
Pop Pop and Me and A Recipe is a delicious blend of cooking and caring. Pop Pop and Me and A Recipe celebrates the love between a grandson and his grandfather. Join Pop Pop and his grandson as they beat, batter and bond baking the young boy’s favorite Lemon Bar Cake. With full color lovingly painted step by step instructions and a full ingredient list, this book is a sweet recipe for the hearts of Lemon cake eaters young and old.
Pop Pop and Me and A Recipe is the perfect book for a child’s birthday, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, a Grandfather’s birthday, family reunions, family celebrations, Father’s Day, Grandparents Day and baking fun any day of the year. 

5 Stars
You not only enjoy looking at the terrific illustrations in this book you actually hear Pop Pop and his grandson cooking a lemon cake. Pish, peel, glop, twinkle! There are so many words little ones will love hearing and the grandparent/grandchild love between the two characters is adorable. Great book to read and to use making lemon cake with kids. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Picture Book Review: But I Wanted a Little Sister

Sophie wanted a little sister but she got a little brother. At first she was angry, but then Sophie had an idea. Pigtails, a pink dress… and little brother looks just like a little sister! A book about expectations and acceptance, and about loving little sisters and little brothers.

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5 Stars
This is an especially good book for preschoolers who are dealing with the life experiences of having a new baby join the family.  In the But I Wanted a Baby Sister Sophie wanted a sister but had to deal with having a baby brother. As the story progresses she realizes baby sisters can be annoying too and finds the joy in having a brother.  One of the things that attracted me to this book was the illustrations. They are very suitable for reading aloud to one child or a classroom.