Thursday, March 28, 2013

Song for Papa Crow by Marit Menzin

Good day dearest readers-
Spring is here and I've found a delightful book, perfect for the warming weather. Song for Papa Crow, written and illustrated by Marit Menzin is a touching story about how little crow learns to find his own voice, despite the opposition of the other birds. I loved the message, and the pictures in this book. I hope you'll love the activity ideas I've included.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.


Book Title: Song For Papa Crow
Author and Illustrator: Marit Menzin

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. (July 28, 2012)
Reading level: Grades Pre-K to 2.
Book Info:Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: children's picture book
ISBN-13: 978-0764341311

Book Theme:
Learning to appreciate yourself, even when other people mock you.
Being yourself.

Book Summary
Little Crow loves to sing, and Papa Crow loves his song. But when Little Crow shares his crow songs with the other birds at the big old tree, they laugh and scatter. Maybe Mockingbird can teach him to sing songs with the finches, flycatchers, and cardinals and help him make some friends. But Little Crow should be careful what he wishes for... Using Mockingbird's tip, Little Crow quickly becomes the most popular bird on the block. But, in a moment of danger, he learns that singing someone else's song can have terrible consequences and that his own voice and his father's love is of the greatest value. Paired with colorful collage illustrations, this inspirational story is complemented by fun facts about North American birds and their sounds.

Activity Adventures:
Create a Bird book. You can find several bird coloring pages here.

Make a bird collage using paper scraps, buttons and feathers.There are several larger bird pictures here that can be used for a collage.

Pick a bird from this book and do a study of it. Use the links above for finding a picture, or go outside with a camera and see what kind of birds live in your back yard.
Fun Fact

Family Flyby: Build a Bird Feeder

Make a bird house. Here's a link for several types of feeders and houses children can make.

Authors Arena

Marit Menzin's award-winning collages have been seen in
galleries, magazines, and publications. She has loved art since
childhood, and Song for Papa Crow, her first picture book, combines
her love of nature and art. Song for Papa Crow celebrates diversity,
spring, birds, and caring fathers with colorful cut-paper
illustrations and a moving narrative.

Song for Papa Crow received a Mom's Choice Awards Gold Honor for distinguished illustrations on December 2012.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Princess Addison Gets Angry by Molly Martin

Good day, dear Readers,
The Queen here with another book titled Princess Addison Get's Angry by Molly Martin. The text is simply done, so even very young children can understand.However, I think this book can be used with older children as a leap pad for a discussion on emotions. Molly Martin has other books in this series you might want to check out.

The brightly colored pages, illustrated by Melanie Florian, pop out and grab children's interest. Especially girls with all the pinks and purples on each page.

Check out the craft idea below. This can be simple or as complex as you wish according to the age group reading the book.

Happy Reading,
The Queen.

Author: Molly Martin                                                          
Illustrator: Melanie Florian

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Picture Window Books
(February 1, 2013)
Reading level: 3-6 yrs
Book Info: Hardcover: 24 pages
Genre: Children's picture books
ISBN: 978-1404881075

Book Theme:
Helping young children find ways to deal with anger.

Book Summary
When Princess Addison doesn't get what she wants, she becomes Princess Angry.

Activity Adventures:

Emotion Activity:

You will need:
a white paper plate 
an empty toilet tube roll
yarn (whatever color you like)
markers or crayons

Make Princess Addison happy and sad faces. On one side, draw a happy face and on the other, a sad face.* and add slits so it will fit over the plate's edge. Glue on yarn for hair. 

Cut the toilet tube roll into a crown 

Read the story again and have children hold up the correct face that shows how Princess Addison is feeling.
Afterward, talk about things that can happen during the day. Such as: getting into a fight with a friend, ending playtime before you're ready, having to eat a new food. Ask children to hold up mask to show how they would feel.

Talk about: Anger, fear, sadness, happiness, are all feelings everyone has everyday. There's nothing wrong with being angry, but letting anger cause you to be destructive, or letting fear keep you from having fun, can be harmful. With younger children, simply talking to them while they are doing the craft will help them understand how to handle feelings.

With older children, gather them in a group and let them brainstorm ideas on how to overcome different situations that cause anger, fear or other emotions.
Also, check out the author's other books in this series which deal with various emotions such as fear, sorrow, sadness and happiness. 

Authors Arena

About the Author

Molly Martin has always envisioned herself as a princess. While she doesn't live in a castle or rule over a kingdom, she has made a magical life for herself in Minnesota. Molly enjoys writing on her front porch (which she pretends is a balcony) while sipping tea (okay, it's actually Diet Coke). When she needs extra inspiration, she pulls out her best tiara (which is actually a Minnesota Twins baseball cap) and magic wand (which is a fancy purple pen with a feather on it).