Friday, May 4, 2012

Tucker's Beetle Band by Thea Feldman

Hello friend readers!
The Queen here after a very busy week at the castle. Wizard Lexiconi has been taken up with organizing his next project and was unable to visit with you this week. Look for him and his dragon friends to return next week with more fun writing activities.

For today, I'd like to introduce you to a delightful beginning reader book titled, Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Tucker's Beetle Band. Poor Tucker Mouse can't sleep because of the all night beetle band practices. He decides to help the band out and hopefully get some sleep, but he might have chewed off more than he bargained for.

I know young readers will love this spin off of the classic Cricket In Times Square book.
Happy Reading,
The Queen

Book Title: Harry Cat and Tucker Mouse: Tucker's Beetle Band
Author: Thea Feldman                                                                                                               
Illustrator: Olga and Aleksey Ivanov

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Square Fish (May 10, 2011)
Reading level: Ages 5 and up
Book Info: Paperback: 32 pages
Genre: Fiction- beginning reader
ISBN: 13: 978-0312625764


Book Theme:
Music, friendship, solving problems

Book Summary
A new group of beetles has just moved in and they’re disturbing Tucker’s sleep with their loud music. But they can’t stop practicing if they want to win the Battle of the Bug Bands. Will Tucker find a way to deal with all this racket and get a good night’s sleep?

     These favorite characters from The Cricket in Times Square star in the brand new-adventure created especially for beginning readers.



Activity Adventures:



Get a group of friends or classmate together to make instruments and create a band of your own.
Drums can be made out of old butter tubs, oatmeal containers and coffee containers.
Guitars can be made by wrapping a few large rubber bands around a rectangular tissue box.
Shakers can be made by putting beans or rice in plastic eggs or other small closed containers.

Find instructions for more home made musical instruments over at Family Corner
Video tape your band's performance. 



Authors Arena

Authors and illustrators:

Story by Thea Feldman; Illustrated by Olga and Aleksey Ivanov; Inspired by George Selden and Garth Williams

GEORGE SELDEN (1929-1989) wrote not only the adventures of Chester, Harry, Tucker, and their friends but also The Genie of Sutton Place, which was one of School Library Journal’s Best Books of the Year.
GARTH WILLIAMS (1912-1996) illustrated all of George Selden’s Chester Cricket books. His other distinguished work includes Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and the Little House books.
THEA FELDMAN is the author of numerous books for children, including Suryia and Roscoe, which she co-authored with Dr. Bhagavan Antle, available in Spring 2011 from Henry Holt BYR.
OLGA and ALEKSEY IVANOV are the illustrators of many children's books, including the Charlotte’s Web beginning readers in which they also replicated the style of Garth Williams.

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