Monday, January 30, 2012

Red Sled by Lita Judge - Popsicle Stick Sled Craft

Children beware -- you may not want to leave your sled outside at night. Or maybe you should. A forest creature might snatch the sled up one winter evening, take it for a joy ride and return it with a thanks, leaving only a few tracks outside to tell of the adventure. One can hope!

Lita Judge is one of our newest favorite author/illustrators. She grew up enjoying wintery weather and, according to her latest book, Red Sled, as a child she often wondered about the tracks left behind by the woodland animals. Judging from the animals' expressions in the book it appears she also knows a thing or two of the joys (and perils) of sledding downhill.

Red Sled is a nearly wordless picture book that shows the events that occur when a child leaves a red sled propped against the side of a home. A bear wanders by, notices the sled and sneaks away with it, scrunch, scrinching through the snow. The bear invites a rabbit friend for a fun, moonlight ride. As the sled flies downhill, other animals pile on one-by-one, gadung, gadunging on the snowy surface together while making gleeful noises. The impromptu sledding party results in smiles shared by all.

The illustrations in this endearing book are truly remarkable, from the animals' exuberant expressions to the little boy's wonderment at the tracks found near his sled. My kids giggle with delight at all the silly sledding antics and the faces the animals make. The adorable, bundled-up, red-hatted child reminds us of the classic character in Keats' The Snowy Day. The text consists only of a few joyful utterances and onomatopoeias like "sssssffft" for the sound the sled makes as it glides across the snow. The wordless silence punctuated by random sounds is a perfect textual interpretation of a sledding experience. Judge's Red Sled so beautifully captures the exhilaration of a sledding adventure that you'll want to immediately head to your favorite sledding hill!
Red Sled by Lita Judge. Atheneum Books for Young Readers (November 2011); ISBN 9781442420076; 40 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library
Lita Judge spent part of her childhood living with her grandparents in Wisconsin. In an interview with Jules at Seven Impossible Things before Breakfast she tells how this experience helped partly inspire her to write Red Sled. There's also an adorable photograph of a grizzly bear she grew up watching (apparently her parents are wildlife photographers).

Related Links:
Lita Judge - Website

❄ ❄ ❄ ❄ Popsicle Stick Sled Craft ❄ ❄ ❄ ❄

My kids, like many nowadays, think that all sleds are made of plastic. In fact, after reading this book I realized my kids had no firsthand knowledge of the flexible flyer or runner type of sled. This became even more evident when we tried constructing some popsicle stick sleds. My daughter thought the runners belonged on top of the sled for the rider to hold onto! Too funny!

We followed the Family Fun Classic Sled directions to make our popsicle stick sleds. The craft is fairly simple and child-friendly, except for the part that involves cutting the popsicle sticks. I could barely hack through the sticks with our tin shears, so adult-assistance is definitely required for the cutting part of the craft!

The little red sleds are the perfect size for miniature animals. My kids used some mounting putty to attach small toy animals to the tops of the sleds. They had a lot of fun helping the animals careen down the wooden sledding ramp!

I think perhaps we'll leave the sleds outside overnight and see if any real animals want to give sledding a try. Maybe the mourning dove that leaves tracks around our patio door is hankering for a new pastime. :)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Year of the Dragon

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Monday, January 23, 2012

ALA Youth Media Awards 2012

I'm very excited for today's ALA Youth Media Awards. Which books will earn the top awards? Soon we will all find out! For those that can't attend, make sure to tune into the live webcast starting at 7:45 A.M CT.

Before the announcements start, the kids and I would like to mention our favorites for the Caldecott. I personally think that Grandpa Green by Lane Smith is the most deserving of an award this year. As I wrote in my review, his book gracefully tackles the subject of aging and intergenerational relationships. With unusually lush, green illustrations, it's simply a beautiful book.

Of all the 2011 picture books, my daughter likes Me . . . Jane by Patrick McDonnell the best. While we didn't review it, we did purchase the book last year after checking it out from the library twice. Usually that's a good sign it's a book we should own. Me...Jane tells the story of Jane Goodall's childhood and the illustrations have a scrapbook feel.

My son really likes Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage. It's a wordless picture book about a silly walrus and the book has an uncluttered, bold design. Searching for the walrus in the pictures is part of the fun.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Bears with Red Hats Picture Books - A Pointy Red Hat Craft

Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back has stirred up quite a debate in the children's book world. I bought a copy sight unseen last fall after first reading reviews on There's A Book and A Fuse #8 Production. Even though we've owned Klassen's book now for several months, I've been putting off writing a review for reasons I can't entirely explain. It's not because I Want My Hat Back hasn't been a popular reread in our home. It's not because it isn't a clever, unusual story. Perhaps it is because I'm not sure I can offer anything more than what has already been said, and I know a lot of people have already formed their own well-thought-out opinions about the book. But I'm going to try anyway, if only so that someday, when my kids search through my posts for memorable books from their childhood, they'll find I Want My Hat Back mentioned. It's a book that certainly makes an impression though some will argue as to what sort of impression.

The best books provoke discussion and provide food for thought. They speak to the reader on another level and tell a memorable story. They appeal to a broad audience. I Want My Hat Back fits this mold. On the surface it's just a book about a bear that loses his hat, makes inquiries to other forest animals and takes measures to regain possession of said hat. But, it's the execution of the story and also what is implied that makes this book special. Klassen puts into play perfect pacing, deliberate repetition and appropriate build up. His polite, impassive bear gets a little out of character and something very unexpected happens. Through his illustrations, Klassen also successfully conveys a powerful emotion we are all familiar with -- furious, red hot anger, redder than the color of the pointy, red hat that has gone missing!

The unexpected ending isn't for everyone. Some people remark on the lies told in the book. Some remark on the actions. I have to admit that at first my kids didn't know what to make of the end. I'm not sure my 3yo would have even understood the implied ending if my 6yo hadn't pointed it out to him. In fact, after the first read, no one was really laughing. But, once they figured out the ending, boy oh boy, they wanted to read it again. And again. And again. For them, the story just gets funnier and funnier with each reread, not because of the ending but because they have fun making up voices for all the animals. Here are some other reasons why it's a keeper -- the story is simple enough for a beginning reader (my daughter) to read alone and read with gusto. It is simple and repetitive enough for my preschooler to memorize (he especially likes repeating the "Thank you anyway" lines.) The dialog between the characters is simple enough for kids to act out using puppets. And, of course, the book is very different from every other book in our collection.

I don't think we need to like the ending, to dissect it, to apply it to real life. A bear is not a human, and a bear that wears a hat, well that's the stuff of children's books. In fact, if left to themselves, young children will very likely develop their own non-violent opinions of what happened. But, the story can actually be a useful tool in teaching values. When we're in a store and see a toddler acting up, my children point out that the child is misbehaving. They know when someone is behaving inappropriately. Just like the book. They point out the bear's actions. Was this the best course of action? No. (Unless quite possibly you are a wild bear.) What would have been a better alternative? Should we tell lies? No. Lesson learned in a sly, wildly imaginative picture book way.
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. Candlewick (September 2011); ISBN 9780763655983; 40 pages
Book Source: Copy from personal library
Related Links:
Jon Klassen - Website
I Want My Hat Back Candlewick Story-Hour Kit [pdf]

David Melling's book, Don't Worry Douglas, also released last fall and provides a stark contrast to Klassen's book. If I Want My Hat Back doesn't sound like your sort of book, you might want to consider Melling's "bear with red hat" book.

A bear named Douglas receives a woolly, red hat as a gift from his father. He wears it proudly and shows it off to his friends. Unfortunately, he also gets a little carried away in showing it off and the hat unravels. His friends offer suggestions on what to do, but only rabbit gives him the advice he needs.

Don't Worry Douglas is all about making the right decisions when faced with a problem. Rather than lying or hiding something from his parents, Douglas owns up to his mistake and his parents forgive him. At times the text doesn't read smoothly, but Melling's adorably cute and sweet illustrations make up for it. A set of silly sheep add some humor to the story and there's a fun page spread in the back of the book that shows all sorts of wacky hats. It's a nice, feel good story for preschool-kindergarteners and is a title worth checking out from the library. While you're there, you might as well grab Melling's other Douglas book, too -- Hugless Douglas.
Don't Worry, Douglas! by David Melling. Tiger Tales Books (September 2011); ISBN 9781589251069; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library
Related links:
David Melling - Website

You can't properly tell the story of a bear and a red hat without a red hat. My kids decided to make red hats for their stuffed animals. We fashioned the red hats after the pointy one pictured in I Want My Hat Back. First Palette offers a nice tutorial on how to construct cone hats. If you'd like to make a paper one, consider downloading this hat activity pdf from Walker Books Australia.

1. Use a compass or circle pattern to draw a half circle onto a piece of red felt.

2. Cut out the half circle with a pair of sharp scissors. (My son did a really good job following the line. This is a wonderful cutting activity for preschoolers.)

3. Spread tacky glue onto one third of the hat and after forming the half circle into a cone, glue the hat together. Use a paper clip to hold the hat together at the bottom while it dries.

4. Dress up your favorite stuffed bear or rabbit! (My daughter decided that her rabbit needed to wear something other than a red hat for reasons that become clear after reading Klassen's book.)

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Snow Tunnel

The street department thoughtfully piled a large amount of snow in front of our house after the recent snowstorms. We decided to construct a short snow tunnel through part of the pile. It took us around a half an hour to dig out the tunnel. I ended up doing most of the digging work though the kids did help quite a bit with clearing. This was their first experience crawling through a snow tunnel, and it was worth all the work. Judging from their excitement and enthusiasm there will be more tunnels in the future!

Are you familiar with Wisconsin author Michael Perry? He's written several bestselling books including Population 485 and Truck: A Love Story. He also builds snow tunnels! Watch him dig one while also providing insightful narration in this WPT "In Wisconsin" video.

Watch Michael Perry: Snow Tunnel on PBS. See more from In Wisconsin.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

The Schoolchildren's Blizzard by Marty Rhodes Figley - Temperature Charting Activity

Until yesterday, my children's snowpants hung unused on hooks in our laundry room since the beginning of November. Such a long period in winter without large amounts of snow is unusual in our area. I can't say I minded in the least (50 degrees in January is fine by me), but my children like to play in the snow and were a bit upset with the weather. In fact, my daughter remarked to me a while back that her snowpants were feeling sad. Now our world is covered in white and the cold temperatures are back. Yesterday's snowstorm brought enough snow to make travel difficult, but not enough to result in a school snow day.

Even though the weather here was fairly moderate, several years ago, on January 12, 1888, schoolchildren in the Midwest plains endured one of the worst blizzards in our nation's history, "The Schoolchildren's Blizzard." The blizzard developed suddenly and without warning after a stint of warm weather. Despite many brave acts, hundreds perished that day including children walking home from their one-room schoolhouses.

One of more widely known accounts of The Schoolchildren's Blizzard is that of a school teacher named Minnie Freeman who led her students to safety. (In fact, a historical marker in Nebraska mentions Miss Freeman.) Marty Rhodes Figley's early reader historical fiction book, The Schoolchildren's Blizzard shares Miss Freeman's heroics with young readers. Though fiction, the book provides readers with an idea of what it might have been like to have been one of Miss Freeman's students when that dangerous January 1888 Blizzard hit.

Seven-year-old Annie and her older sister, Sarah, walk across the Nebraska prairie to their sod schoolhouse on a relatively warm January day in 1888. Once inside the school they learn from their kind and smart teacher, Miss Freeman. Their day goes smoothly until lunch time. The school children spot ominous clouds and quickly head back into the schoolhouse. The roaring blizzard winds wreak havoc on the sod schoolhouse, and Miss Freeman decides they must walk together through the blizzard to her house if they stand a chance of surviving the storm.

Figley skillfully tells the gripping story of the terrible, historical blizzard in a way perfectly suited for young readers and, true to life, the story ends happily. Shelly O. Haas's muted watercolor pictures help in setting a gentle tone. Despite the subject, the story overall isn't too frightening or upsetting and it contains slightly subdued descriptions of possible events. The school door flies open, part of the sod schoolhouse roof blows off, and the children trudge blindly through knee-deep snow but positivity endures. In Figley's retelling, Miss Freeman remains calm, collected and encouraging -- a strong role model for her students and for the readers.
The Schoolchildren's Blizzard (On My Own History) by Marty Rhodes Figley, illustrated by Shelly O. Haas. Carolrhoda Books / Lerner Publishing (2004); ISBN 9781575056197; 48 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library
Related Links:
Marty Rhodes Figley - Website
Shelly O. Haas - Website
Mural depicting the Schoolhouse Blizzard of 1888 - Nebraska State Capitol
Blizzard of January 12, 1888 - Nebraska State Historical Society Blog

"I am sure I only tried to do right. It was my plain path of duty in which I was led. I am thankful it has all ended so well. My sympathies go out to those who suffered so."
- "Minnie Freeman: The Little Girl by the Window in the Little Sod House" Omaha Bee, Feb. 24 [pdf via]

Charting and comparing temperatures - The Schoolchildren's Blizzard

It's hard for a 1st grader to visualize just how cold it got during the January 1888 Blizzard so I decided to have my daughter chart a temperature comparison. We used the Daily Weather History information available at Weather Underground to determine the high temperature on Jan. 11 and the low temperature on Jan. 12 in our area (55° and 15°F). My daughter used a thermometer chart to compare these temperatures to the 1888 temperatures found on Marty Rhodes Figley's website (70° and -30°F).

Many children today don't know a lot about life in a one-room schoolhouse. Through books like The Schoolchildren's Blizzard they can learn more about pioneer life, America's history and the struggles and happy times that children experienced in the past. It is important to me that my children take the time to learn and inquire about such things. As part of our studies we found a neat picture of sod schoolhouse at the Library of Congress website.

Both my parents attended a one-room schoolhouse for a short time, as did my grandparents. This story prompted us to ask them more about their experiences. We learned that none of them had to remain overnight at school, caught in a storm. My grandmother also told us that the teacher boarded with her family. She and her siblings would ride with the teacher to school instead of walking. The teacher kept the horse in the school's horse shelter. I didn't realize some one-room schoolhouses had their own animal buildings, but it does make sense!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Spelling Whiz

My daughter's weekly first grade spelling lists typically contain fairly ordinary words. Often the lists focus on word families or include frequently used words. Normally my daughter breezes through the lists without much difficulty. However, last week during the pre-test, she struggled with the word "whiz." What a strange word! I can't recall the last time I used the term myself, and I'm sure that previously to the test, it was not a word in her own personal vocabulary. At least she made a gallant effort to spell the word phonetically.

Then, lo and behold, this weekend my daughter read aloud Cynthia Rylant's The Case of the Baffled Bear from The High-Rise Private Eyes series. Ironically, this wacky spelling word appears on page 21!

"I've seen you guys whiz through town on your bikes," said Bunny.

Perhaps the term is used more often than I thought. Whatever the case, my daughter now has the word down pat and is on her way to becoming a true spelling whiz!

Do you have any unusual spelling word stories to relate? Please do tell!

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Who Lands Planes on a Ship: Working on an Aircraft Carrier by Linda Tagliaferro

It's easy to interest a child in non-fiction books if you pick books on topics the child is already curious about. Start by looking at their toys and imaginative play for cues.

My son received an Imaginext aircraft carrier for Christmas from Santa. He's spent hours and hours playing with the toy. Unfortunately, he's never seen a real aircraft carrier. He doesn't have prior knowledge as to what actual aircraft carrier looks like or the technical terms used for the parts of the ship. I recently headed to the library in search of aircraft carrier books that would help enhance his imaginative play. When I brought the books home from the library it was like Christmas all over again. My son was so excited to learn more about his favorite toy and now uses the knowledge he's gained from reading the books in his play. Here's one of the books we enjoyed reading together this past weekend.

Who Lands Planes on a Ship?: Working on an Aircraft Carrier (Wild Work Series) by Linda Tagliaferro. Raintree / Capstone (2011); ISBN 9781410938534; 32 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library

This book provides a basic overview on what is like to work on a Navy aircraft carrier and also includes several facts pertaining to aircraft carriers. Jobs briefly mentioned in the text include pilot, air boss, captain, catapult officer, aviation fuels, doctors, firefighters, and mechanics. In addition, parts of the aircraft carrier highlighted include flight deck, catapult, hangar deck, island and hospital. Large color photographs accompany the text and factual insets explain some of the photos. The Did you Know? fact sections scattered throughout the book also provide factual information. Definitions for the words in bold are provided in the glossary and the last page includes a book index.

There's a lot of information packed into this attractively designed book, and we now have a much better idea of what goes on in a Navy aircraft carrier. It was a pleasant surprise to find as much information about the ship itself as the occupations of those working aboard. Considering the title, it's too bad the book doesn't include more information about how pilots land planes on the ship. While the book gives a basic insight into the catapult system used to launch, the author only briefly mentions the "wires" that help stop the plane (also known as arresting cables) and it's very hard from the one picture provided to understand how the plane uses the cables to land.

Linda Tagliaferro provides a limited but good starting point for early readers (1st-3rd grade) interested in learning more about basic terms pertaining to aircraft carriers and about the occupations of workers on board. My daughter (who is in 1st grade) read the book without much difficulty and now wants to read more books in this Wild Work series. Preschoolers and kindergartners will enjoy listening to the book read aloud. (Note: One of the two resource websites mentioned in the back of the book is a dead link - too bad as we really wanted to view the coloring book!)

Some interesting facts we learned:

Airplanes stop and take-off in just two seconds
The carrier can hold as many as 80 planes
Around 5000 people live on an aircraft carrier
People that pump fuel are called "grapes" because they wear purple shirts
The officers on the flight deck use body signals to communicate (this was my son's favorite part of the book ... see below his interpretation of the launch signal)

Other New(ish) Books about Aircraft Carriers

Aircraft Carriers (Built for Battle) by Valerie Bodden; Creative Education (2012) ISBN 9781608181223; 24 Pages

Aircraft Carriers: runways at sea (Vehicles on the Move) by Lynn Peppas; Crabtree Publishing (2011); ISBN 9780778727477: 32 pages

Nugget on the Flight Deck by Patricia Newman, illustrated by Aaron Zenz; Walker Children's (October 2009); ISBN 9780802797353; 40 pages

Aircraft Carriers (Amazing Ships) by John Sutherland and Diane Canwell; Gareth Stevens (2007); ISBN 9780836883763

Aircraft Carrier Websites, Activities and Educational Resources:

The US Navy Aircraft Carriers
Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum Kids Zone
Intrepid Museum Aviation Vocabulary Sheet
NOVA Aircraft Carrier Moving Targets Classroom Activity
Intrepid Take Flight Classroom Activities (3-8 Grade)
LooLeeDo Construct Your Own Paper Airplane Carrier Aircraft Carrier Coloring Page

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner - Winter Birch Tree Art

Every spring, when the snow thaws, we find zigzagging tracks in our grass. Tiny creatures, presumably mice or voles, make the tracks as they spend much of the winter scampering in the subnivean zone, the layer between the snow and the earth. Lots of different animals spend the winter under the snow, safely hidden from predators. Kate Messner, in her newest picture book, Over and Under the Snow, informs young readers of this "secret kingdom under the snow."

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal. Chronicle Books (October 2011); 9780811867849; 44 pages
Book Source: Copy from public library

"Under the snow is a whole secret kingdom, where the smallest forest animals stay safe and warm."

Winter picture books are easy to come by, but quality books, with well-written text, gorgeous illustrations, and educational components that appeal to a broad age range -- those books are few and far between. Kate Messner's Over and Under the Snow is a rare treasure, not only perfect for parent/child one-on-one reads, but also a useful addition to any elementary teacher's winter curriculum. The book presents the topic of animals in the snow in an interesting way, focusing on animals that live under the snow as well as touching on a few of the animals above.

As girl and her father ski across snow covered ground, they notice and remark on actions of animals over and under the snow. The daughter first sees a flash of a red squirrel as it disappears under the snow. The daytime sky slowly darkens to night while the pair continues their casual cross-country ski outing and they observe many other creatures including a shrew, an owl, a deer, voles, a chipmunk, a red fox and even beavers and fat bullfrogs near a reedy marsh. An author's note at the end explains the subnivean zone in detail and also provides further information on the various animals mentioned in the book.

Messner, in her poetic text, really captures the whole experience of skiing in a snow-covered forest as well as describing the animals. The sights, the sounds are all wonderfully expressed in her phrases. "Over the snow I glide. A full moon lights my path to supper. / Under the snow, a chipmunk wakes for a meal. Bedroom, kitchen, hallway -- his house under my feet." She creatively continues this "over the snow," "under the snow" pattern throughout the book.

Christopher Silas Neal's illustrations are an excellent complement to the text. His mixed media art skillfully portrays the hidden, under the snow world in a way children can appreciate. He applies his artistic license and presents a visually interesting, sleekly designed winter world that is realistic enough to look believable. His landscapes show many perspectives. Sometimes the father and daughter appear in the foreground and other times farther back as tiny profiles in the background. My kids greatly enjoy looking at and pointing out all the creatures tucked away under the snow and dirt. (They found the page where a fox scratches away at the snow to grab a mouse really interesting, though perhaps a little startling. That's real life in the winter forest, for sure!)

Related Links:
Kate Messner - Website
Christopher Silas Neal - Website
"PROCESS behind the art - Over and Under the Snow"

☆ ☆ ☆ Tape Resist Birch Tree Art ☆ ☆ ☆

Nearly all the illustrations in Over and Under the Snow include images of bare trees in winter with long trunks extending off the top edge of the pages. A couple of the pages show the daughter and father skiing through a forest of birch trees. I've been wanting to do a tape resist birch tree art project with my kids for awhile now, and the project is the perfect story stretcher to go along with this picture book.

Several elementary art teachers like to use tape resist birch tree art projects to demonstrate positive and negative space and contrast as well as composition relating to background, middle ground and foreground. While many birch tree art projects use watercolors, after reading a blog post at A Palette of Primary Grade Kids, we decided to experiment with paint and oil pastels. We also expanded our project to also talk about ways to picture cross-sections underground. This is a nice, multi-step art project appropriate for a variety of age levels.

Stick painters tape onto colored paper (we used card stock) to create tree outlines. (Make the tape less sticky by rubbing against your clothing first.) Also, leave a little extra tape at the top to make pulling off the paper easier. Paint tree outlines and the ground area with white paint.

While the paint is still wet, remove tape to reveal sky. (One of my son's favorite parts)

Use an oil pastel crayon to outline trees and create lines on the birch trees. This is a wonderfully challenging task for preschoolers,and my son was bound and determined to make all those lines! My daughter used a little heavier line in detailing her trees.

Glue coffee grounds to the bottom of the page to represent the dirt underground. (And enjoy the fragrance of the coffee.)

Finished Images: My son elected to use photocopied animals from the book. He chose the squirrel and chipmunk for his painting. He LOVES the coffee grounds dirt.

My daughter chose to draw all the animals in herself using pastels. Her drawing depicts a cardinal, red fox, mouse, bird in the hole of a tree and fish in a snow covered pond with a single reed. No coffee on her drawing!

Other Birch Tree Winter Art Project Ideas:

Textured Winter Birch Trees and Cardinals - ARTASTIC!
Birch Trees Watercolor Lesson - Deep Space Sparkle
Birch Trees in Winter Watercolors - A Faithful Attempt
Winter Birch Trees - Art Projects for Kids
Birch Trees - Got Art

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