Children’s Literature

Traditional raft, from 1884 edition of Adventu...

I intend this section of children’s books to serve as promoting literacy and finding books to help strengthen concepts across the disciplines.    Please add your thoughts or suggestions for books to read.

 

 

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, John Archambault, Lois Ehlert   Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

I first read this book for a grad class reviewing elementary Math literature.  I did not understand why it was in the pile, but I picked it up and hated the book upon first reading it.  I realized that it was in the pile by mistake.  The instructor probably intended their Chicka Chicka 1-2-3 book to be in the pile instead of the alphabet book.  Needless to say, I could not understand how the writers expected kids to learn about the alphabet and the sounds letters made by talking about letters going up a tree.  “The whole alphabet up the- Oh, no!”  To me it was a nightmare, but I’ve now changed my mind after stumbling upon a music video of the book a few weeks back.  My kids love it.  Now, I hum it in private, of course.  Can’t seem to get the tune out my head.  It’s letter recognition…”mamas and papas and uncles and aunts hug their little dears and dust their pants.”  See      Sometimes, the simplest things are the most entertaining and educational.  I guess, never being a fan of alphabet books, I judged this book too harshly.  There is not a day I hadn’t played this video for my students.  So, “skit skattle doo, flip flop flee.”   3 apples/5 apples

Ground Hog Stays Up Late by Margery CuylerGroundhog Stays Up LateWonderfully written and funny story about a groundhog that thinks its a bummer to go snuggle down in its burrow for a long winter sleep while he could be out enjoying himself.  Too bad he’s the only one that thinks this.  But, it’s amazing how we must experience things in order to understand why we must do what we must.    4 apples/5 apples

 

 

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