Thursday, October 25, 2012

Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey

Hello Good Readers,
The Queen here with a groovin' new book for you. Surfer Chick by Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Henry Cole is about little chick who wants to surf like her dad, but that big, wide ocean sends her feathers all in a ruffle. Read to see how Surfer Chick overcomes her fears and masters to totally awesome waves.

Happy Reading,
The Queen


Book Title: Surfer Chick
Author: Kristy Dempsey                                                                     
Illustrator: Henry Cole

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Abrams Books for Young Readers (May 1, 2012)
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: Children's Picture book
ISBN: 978-1419701887

Book Theme:
Surfing, ocean, facing fears, learning to swim, learning a new skill

Book Summary  from Amazon
“Two birds of a feather, a chick and her dad, lived by the shore, in a radical pad. A legend in surfing, Chick’s dad ruled the Roost. Chick’s dream was to learn every move he produced.”
So begins the story of a little chick and her dad who take to the beach so she can finally learn how to surf. At first Chick’s mood is foul as she struggles through some gnarly waters, but soon she is catching waves on her own board and even doing righteous tricks, just like her rad dad!
Filled with cool surf lingo, this sweet rhyming picture book is perfect for summer at the beach and for celebrating the love between a father and a daughter.

Activity Adventures:

Discussion Questions:
Talk about fears. What are they? Name different kinds of fears.

What are steps that can be taken to get over a fear?

Make a wave bottle. While putting it together, talk about what makes waves

Here's a site that talks about surfing waves
More information lesson ideas on ocean waves.

Writing Prompts:
Write about a fear you've had and how you got over it.

Authors Arena

Kristy Dempsey is the author of Me with You and two other forthcoming picture books. She lives in Brazil.
Find out more about Dempsey here.

Illustrator: from Harper Collins

Henry Cole grew up on a dairy farm outside Purcellville, Virginia. Always interested in art and science, he studied forestry at Virginia Tech. He is a self-taught artist, although his mother was a professional illustrator and gave him many pointers along the way. His education required him to study nature closely, and his observation of such details helped him with his drawing. Henry worked in a number of jobs, including magazine illustration, and for sixteen years taught elementary grade science classes. He now lives in Washington D.C., and on the island of Aruba.

1 comment:

Aritha Vermeulen said...

Perfect ingredients. Seems like a great story and a lovely book to chat about it with the kids.