January 15, 2010

Once upon a time…

The weekends are time the whole family can spend together,there’s always something to do on the weekends where the whole family can have fun!
Just an idea…children love to listen to stories and talk about them. It is important to read to children every day.Your local library is a goodsource for books. If possible, take the children to visit the library.

Give the children a chance to look at books, turn pages,and look at the pictures.  After you read a story, talk about it with the children, also you can read of a story and ask the children to make up their own ending. They may want to develop new characters and places and even combine another story they know. You may want to make up a story and let the children give it a new ending.

Here is a NECK & NECK selection, hope you enjoy it!

I’m a Turkey!(Ages 2-5) by Jim Arnosky

Written for the youngest readers,”I’m a Turkey” conveys real facts in its rhyming text.
A great big bird weighing fifteen pounds/take some time getting off the ground.” Yes, turkeys fly. They also roost in trees at night, as the all-turkey sunset silhouette demonstrates. A quick read-aloud and a must for anyone who has ever practiced gobbling*, the book has this reader hoping that the local flock will soon make an appearance.

 Don’t Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate! (Ages:7+)
By Caryl Hart

Kate’s parents despair of her ever learning good table manners; she plays with her food, tells jokes about bogies and talks with her mouth full.

This superbly illustrated, rhyming picture book will delight readers with its hilarious characters and cheeky ending.

Teddy Bear Counting (Ages: 3-6)
by Barbara Barbieri McGrath

Count teddy bears from one to twelve, anme thier colors, and even form three primary shapes–square, circle, and triangle. Then count down to zero as the bears trot away. Back matter includes a review of the counting and math skills presented.

Watchers (Ages: 3-6)
by W. Lyon Martin

Who’s hiding in corners and watching in the dark? A trap is set and our hero receives a big surprise when the watchers are finally captured.

Something is watching Thomas as he’s sleeping. He decides that he will discover who is frightening him and hatches a plan to catch them in a trap. The story goes from spooky to secure when Thomas discovers those he has captured are really there to protect him. A comforting bedtime tale to help allieviate the “monsters-in-the-dark” fears many children have.

Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach (Ages 4-8)
by Dianne de Las Casas

Set in New Orleans back in the day when chickens and roaches were friends, Madame Poulet (a chicken) and Monsieur Roach (a roach of course) were best friends. They live together and are supposed to forage for food together, but lazy Monsieur Roach decides to pretend to be sick and invites all of his roach friends over for a marvelous fête while Madame Poulet is out looking for food. When Madame Poulet catches on, she gets a bit of revenge, and it’s the end of friendships between chickens and roaches forever.

This is the type of story you can really have fun with. Kids will laugh, especially at the stomach-turning ending.


1 Comment »

  1. I’m always in favour of humour in children’s books. Thanks for your recommendations. Like the idea of children finishing a story’s ending with their own ending. How about writing a whole story, where every member of the family contributes a sentence. Send your story spinning into all sorts of directions. Great fun!

    Best wishes.

    Comment by mariathermann — January 15, 2010 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

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