Monday, March 12, 2012

Grin and Bear It by Leo Landry

Good day readers,
The Queen here with a cute beginner-reader chapter book about facing your fears.Grin and Bear it, by Leo Landry will provide an opportunity to discuss having dreams for the future and how to tweak them to suit your capabilities. I loved this story. It didn't provide a neat "How to overcome fear" plan, but rather how to embrace a problem and make it work for you.

I hope you enjoy it as well.
Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Grin and Bear It
Author: Leo Landry                                                                                                               

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Charlesbridge Publishing 2011
Reading level: Ages 4 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 48 pages
Genre: Early reader chapter book: fiction
ISBN: 978-1570917455

"What do you get when a bear walks through your vegetable garden?
                                                                                            ... Squash!"

Book Theme:
Facing your fears, dreams, stage fright, humor

Book Summary from
Bear dreams of becoming a comedian. His jokes are unbearably funny, and he wants nothing more than to make his friends laugh. But Bear has a problem. He has stage fright. When Emmy, the comic hummingbird, discovers Bear's jokes, Bear learns that there's more than one way to achieve your dream. Told in seven short chapters.

Activity Adventures:

Talk about what you wanted to be when you grew up with your kids. What made you change your mind? Was there something you wanted to do, but was stopped because of some reason?

Ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. What challenges might face them that they will need to overcome to be that?

Writing Prompts:
Do you have a funny bone? Write a few jokes and try them out on your family and friends. 

Drama: Dress up and practice getting on stage to read a poem, or tell jokes. Children sometimes have a hard time getting up and speaking in front of other people. This would be a great book in helping them deal with those fears and get past them. 

Authors Arena

Leo Landry Author and Illustrator
From Landry's website:

"I grew up in Waltham, Massachusetts with a love for the Red Sox, making up stories, and drawing. While studying architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design, I rediscovered the world of children's books and knew that this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life!

I started working at The Children's Book Shop in Brookline, Massachusetts in 1986 and learned lots about writing and illustrating from reading many of the thousands of books that came into the shop each year. In 2006, after 20 years, I left my job at the book shop to write and illustrate books full time."

Check out Landry's site for the complete list of his many books. 

1 comment:

Deana Chadwell said...

I just discovered your blog through Marji Laine's blog. This is a wonderful resource. My granddaughters are being home-schooled and I'm sending this address on to my daughter-in-law. She will love it.

I'm posting answers to Marji's fun questions on my blog Hope you play too. dc