Monday, October 17, 2011

Junonia by Kevin Henkes

Happy Monday fair readers!
The Queen here with an early chapter book for young readers in third to sixth grade. This is a great summer time read, while sitting outside beneath the warm sunshine with the wind playing a calming tune to match the calming tone of this book. There's no grand action, but young Alice has some issues to deal with as she turns to a double digit age. I think girls especially will enjoy this story and find commonalities with Alice. Enjoy!

Publisher and date: Greenwillow Books (May 24, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 9-12
Book Info: 192 pages
Genre: fiction chapter book
ISBN: 978-0061964176

Author and illustrator: Kevin Henkes

Book Theme: dealing with change and unexpected events

Book Summary:
Alice Rice is returning to the beach to celebrate her 10th birthday. All her friends are expected to return as well. But when old friends cancel and new friends arrive, Alice’s big 10th birthday celebration fall into ruin.

Returning to the beach cottage—a cottage named Scallop—where she has always celebrated her birthday is a special occasion for Alice Rice.
Who will see the first dolphin this time? The first pelican? What will have changed? Stayed the same? And will this be the year she finally finds a junonia shell?
Alice's friends are all returning, too. And she's certain her parents have the best party planned for her. Alice can't wait. If Alice is lucky, everything will be absolutely perfect. Will Alice be lucky?

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Paint a sea picture. Look up ocean scenes on the internet or in books. Use sand for the ground, paint and wavy tissue for the ocean and blue watercolors for the sky. Add some cotton clouds and cut out sun and birds, ect. Collect small shells and glue them to bottom. Set in frame.

Older Readers:
Purchase or gather shells. Sort them according to size, shape and type. Look up the names of shells. There are many listed in the book on the front and back cover.

Crafty Ideas:
Make bracelets and necklaces from shells.

Writing Prompts:
- Have you ever wanted something really bad like Alice wanted to find a Junonia shell? What did you do? What happened? Write about it. 

Authors Arena

Here's something interesting from Henkes' website
"I became an author-illustrator when I was nineteen years old. I flew from my home in Racine, Wisconsin, to New York City with my portfolio, hoping to find a publisher. And magically enough Susan Hirschman at Greenwillow Books made my dream come true. My first picture book, All Alone, was published in 1981. Since then I've written and illustrated many picture books and written several novels. I like the variety of trying new ways to fill the pages between two covers. Experimenting with words and paint and ink keeps my job interesting. “ 

Don't forget, Wizard Lexiconi will be here once again this Wednesday for another Wizardry Writing Lesson. I do hope to see you there.

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