The BEST part of My Dog is as Smelly as Dirty Socks is the illustrations. In the story, a young girl improves her family portraits by chosing objects to represent characteristics of her family. For instance, the father is playful (so his nose is a top), the mother is sweet (her eyes are cookies), the brother is sneaky (his mouth is a snake), and of course the dog is made from an old stinky sock.
I had been wanting to create family portraits with Logan but he is not actually drawing people yet. I wasn't sure if drawing faces would even work. SO... I came up with this idea.
Because I am a control freak, I divided the objects up into 4 paper plates. I would give him a plate to choose from for the eyes. (He always knew where to put the eyes). Then I would give him a plate to choose from for the nose, etc. (The other face parts were hard for him. He would hold the object up to his own face first to figure out where it went. lol)
buttons, beads, scrapbooking embellishments, feathers, pipecleaners, yarn, cotton balls,.
Here is our family:
(I let Logan do most of the art, but I did help him put Daddy's hair on. I also convinced him to use the heart die cut that said, "Hot stuff"... moms gotta have fun too!) I wish my pictures were better- photography is not my "thing" and the contact paper is glaring!- Also we used peach paper... it looks orange, we're not pumpkins, promise!)
This is not only an awesome opportunity for preschoolers, but older students could do a lot of great writing with these portraits. This book is a must-have. Run, don't walk, to your library to check it out... umm, on second thought, don't run in the library. Librarians frown on such things!