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.

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