Monday, September 27, 2010
Falling into Great Books
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. We love, love, love, love, love Lois Ehlert books. This one does not disappoint. In this story, a leaf man (made from a fallen leaf, acorns for eyes, and a sweet gum ball for a nose) goes where the wind blows... toward the marsh, through the prarie, and past the spotted cows. Ehlert illustrates her books with collages made from fallen leaves. At first, Logan had difficulty spotting some of the animals within the leaf piles but as I pointed them out, he became better at identifying them. Older children would have fun locating the 'hidden" pictures. Come back to see our stART (story + art) project with this book later this week!
I know it's Autumn By Eileen Spinelli The repeatitive phrase, "I know it's Autumn when..." introduces the activities of autumn, apple picking, pumpkins, leaves changing, and (my favorite) a turkey sticker on a spelling test! The repeatitive text in this book would create a natural extension of an interactive writing activity. Try having your child write a story filling in the phrase, "I know it's Autumn when _______________." Let your child write the parts is able to write.
Leaf Jumpers by Carole Gerber This book offers poetic descriptions of the various leaves and trees found in fall. The birch is "oval as an egg" and the gingko leaf is "shaped like a little fan."
We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger In this story, three children search for fall leaves as they go on a hike. This story is comparable to We're Going on a Bear Hunt (which my son loves!!!) so we had a lot of fun with this book... and actually went on a leaf hunt. More to come later this week...
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger In this story, a little yellow leaf is not ready to fall from the big oak tree. The leaf finally spies a scarlet leaf and the two leaves decide to let go together. I love that amongst all of the books that describe fall concepts, there is a book about fall leaves that tells a heartwarming story about friendship, bravery, change, and letting go. And the illustrations? They are ah-mazing!!
I'm linking up to What My Child is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns. Click on the link to find lists of other great books!