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Pooh, Three Billy Goats & one Hungry Caterpillar! Friday 11-6-2015

Can a children’s book REALLY help an adult?
by A.A. Milne
You know the phrase, “you had me at hello”? That applies to the dedication page of this wonderful original collection of stories that a daddy wrote for his son! Here is the dedication:
“To Her
hand in hand we come
Christopher Robin and I
to lay this book in your lap.
Say you’re surprised?
Say you like it?
Say it’s just what you wanted?
Because it’s yours-
because we love you.”
And then you turn the page and are immediately, AS AN ADULT MIND YOU, immediately taken in.
I am re-reading this collection of stories today!
This Week's Fav!
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Retold by Ellen Rudin
The Three Billy Goats Gruff is a Norwegian fairy tale first published between 1841 and 1844. Probably any retelling is great, but my children always heard and loved this “Little Golden Book” rendition. They also ALWAYS heard their Dad reading it. He was and is such a fun and expressive story reader!
(side note to reading aloud - please only read aloud expressively,
even overly expressive, like you were performing on a stage)
Our two children would quickly pile on the couch or bed or Dad’s lap if he said, “let’s read a book”. This book would always be one of the books they wanted him to read. The three billy goats gruff outsmart the troll under the bridge who wants to eat them! Go get it and read it today! It will be a family favorite!
Creative Interactions!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
It starts full of promise, “In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf”. It ends triumphant, “He was a beautiful butterfly!” and the not always glorious becoming are the pages in between. The caterpillar is growing and changing and needs nutrition. Sometimes he eats too much of the wrong stuff, and feels yucky, but feels better after eating through a green leaf. He finally transforms from a fat worm to a gorgeous butterfly. Any of Eric Carle's books are practically perfect! The artwork is relatable to a child. It looks like something they would like to try to reproduce and the story is fun to read.
An activity would be to pick a page out of the book to reproduce. I would choose the last one, the butterfly. For the young child you could print the page from this link:
Finger painting a butterfly would be great too!
An older child could cut pieces of tissue paper and glue them to paper to make a butterfly.
Any artistic medium you desire could be used!
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