Monday, November 7, 2011

Beginning Reader Books: Pinkalicious and Friday the Scaredy Cat

Pinkalicious: Pinky Promise
Written and Illustrated by Victoria Kann
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (July 26, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061928879

Book summary:
When Pinkalicious uses all of Alison's pink paint in class, Pinkalicious knows just how to make it up to her best friend!

Author Arena:
Victoria Kann is the award-winning illustrator and author of the picture book series featuring the whimsical and effervescent character Pinkalicious. Victoria coauthored and illustrated the first two books, Pinkalicious and Purplicious, as well as the play Pinkalicious: The Musical. She wrote and illustrated the New York Times number-one bestseller Goldilicious and is working on several more books about the adventures and antics of Pinkalicious. Victoria teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Recently she built a tree house for her Princess Pinkerellas. She often hears galloping in the house and wonders if it is Goldilicious or just her Pinkerbelles.

Activity Adventures:
Color mixing: how is pink made? Let your kids experiment with color tones using black and white to lighten and darken colors.
Take it further by starting with primary colors and finding what colors appear by mixing them together.

Color Books: Find items in your favorite color. Yellow is the sun, bananas, bees... what else can you find? Pick any color and look through magazines, take a walk and collect items or find your colors during your daily routine. Draw or paste items into your color book.

Friday the Scaredy Cat

Written by: Kara McMahon
Illustrated by: Maddy McClellan

Product Details 
Paperback: 24 pages
Publisher: Simon Spotlight; Original edition (June 28, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1442422939

Book Summary:
Ready-to-Read. Level 1
Black cats are supposed to be scary, but no one has told that to this little black cat named Friday. So instead of being scary, Friday the Scaredy Cat is scared! When the doorbell rings, he jumps, runs, and hides. When a car horn beeps, he jumps, runs, and hides! But when something really scary appears, what does Friday do? Find out in this fun, sweetly spooky easy-to-read level 1 story!
Author's Arena
Kara McMahon is the author of dozens of books for children. She lives in New Yourk City with her husband Bryan, and their cats Angela and Friday, both of which were adopted from shelters. Supporting animal shelters is a cause she holds close to her heart, and she hopes that after reading about Friday, more people will make shelters their first stop when looking for a pet.
Adventure Activities:
Write a story about what is you are most scared of. Make it as silly or serious as you want. Some times the best way to face a fear is to recognize what it looks like first.
Make a black cat puppet using a paper sack and cat face cutout. Walk around your house and see what things your Scaredy Cat might be afriad of.
Maybe you don't need a new pet, but did you know shelters are always in need of pet food donations, blanket and items that make dogs and cats stay there more comfortable? Maybe you can find other ways to help the animals that live in shelters find a new home? What do you think you can do?

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