Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Spiky, Slimy, Smooth- What is Texture by Jane Brocket

Good Day Dear Reader Friends,
The Queen here with a touchingly fun book titled: Spiky, Slimy, Smooth- What is Texture by Jane Brocket. Brocket seems like a quiet soul who loves color, beauty and simplicity. Her photography is stunning. Check out her blog and many other books on quilting, foods, and engaging the senses. 

Happy Reading,
The Queen

Author and Photographer: Jane Brocket                                                                                                       

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Millbrook Press (April 1, 2011)
Reading level: 4 and up
Book Info: Library Binding: 30 pages
Genre: Non-fiction picture book
ISBN-13: 978-0761346142

Book Summary
Soft, gooey, fluffy, prickly--textures are all around us. What clever words will you use to describe the textures pictured in this book? Jane Brocket's appealing photography and simple, whimsical text give a fresh approach to a topic all young children learn about.

Activity Adventures:

Since there's no reason to recreate the wheel, I've did a quick search on lesson ideas for teaching textures. I'm sure you'll find all sorts of fun activities in the links below. 

Lesson Ideas for Texture:
Texture Theme Activities
Kid's Activity blog
Texture Scavenger Hunt (for older children)
Pinterest Board on Texture lesson Ideas

We learn everywhere we go: the farmer's market, a petting zoo, the grocery store, the park, and the list goes on and on. Provide children with a small notebook they can carry in a pocket. Think of the different types of Textures such as smooth, rough, slimy, squishy, ect. Write the descriptive word at the top of a page. 

Now, throughout the day, as your children encounter these different textures, have them list what types of items they found that were smooth, rough, squishy, ect. For younger children who aren't writing yet, simply have them make a tally mark under the correct descriptive words.

At the end of the day, or week... however long you wish to play this game, award prizes for the ones who either came up with the most creative descriptive terms, who found the most rough or scratchy things, who listed the most items that were smooth. However you wish to do this. Thie point is to get them searching and finding and thinking about textures and how to describe the various textures we encounter during a day.

Authors Arena

Jane Brocket is the author of The Gentle Art of Domesticity (2007) and The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking (2010) and of two books based on the wonderful things characters eat and do in classic children's books: Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer (2008) and Ripping Things to Do (2009)--a selection of the pieces in these two books has been collected into one volume for the US as Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts (Perigee, 2010). She is currently writing a series of four Clever Concepts books for Millbrook Press. She has a knitting book to be published in 2011 and two more craft books in the pipeline.

Jane enjoys knitting, quilting, sewing, baking, growing flowers, and taking photographs of the things she makes as well as details of the world around her. She loves color, pattern, texture, shapes, and objects. And, above all, she love books and reading.

Friday, June 7, 2013

What Goes Up by Paula Bowles

Good Day Dear Readers!
The Queen here. I'm back from a month-long journey into our resident writer's storyland. We had a pleasant stay there, but now it's back to business.

And since we've been off on an adventure, and chasing dreams, I've found a beautifully done book about a dragon, named Martin, who had his own dreams of flying. With the help of some imaginative friends, Martin begins to see the possibilities. I do believe you'll find What Goes Up by Paula Bowles and enchanting tale. See below for some acitivty ideas that will help the book come more alive.

Happy dreaming and reading. Summer is upon us, what is on your reading lists?
The Queen


Book Title: What Goes Up
Author and Illustrator: Paula Bowles

Book Information:

Publisher and date: Tiger Tales (March 1, 2013)
Reading level: pre-k and up
Book Info: Hardcover: 32 pages
Genre: fictional picture book
ISBN-13: 978-1589251199

Book Theme:
Dreams, challenges, achievement, friendship, team work, making your dreams come true.

Book Summary
March 1, 2013
Martin the dragon is sad. He longs to fly, but his wings are just too small. He tries flying like a bumblebee, a leaf, and a cloud. But . . . CRASH! It's no use. “What goes up, must come down,”says Martin sighing. Luckily, the village's children know how to teach Martin to go up and stay up. This beautifully illustrated picture book shows the power of practice, imagination, and most of all believing in oneself!

Page from What Goes Up. Such delightful watercolors

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Make a pair of paper wings. Talk about where you would go if you had no limits. Paint them pretty colors like Martins.

Older Readers:
Make a floating lantern, parachute, or paper airplane. Find out what makes flight possible.

Writing Prompts:
Is there anything in the world you want to do? Write about what one thing you wish you could accomplish. Now, brainstorm a few ways you can make that happen. Share your thoughts with your parents or friends. Get their help in finding ways to help you succeed. Sometimes, we need help from others to achieve our dreams. 

Authors Arena

Paula Bowles graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2005, and now lives and works from Bristol, UK. She works primarily for children’s publishing, and has worked with a variety of publishers including Random House Children’s Bo­­oks, Templar Publishing and CBeebies Driver Dan’s Story Train.

Her first author/illustrator book, Scary Mary, was published by Tiger Tales in Spring 2012, her second book, What Goes Up, was published recently in March 2013. She is currently working on her first author/ illustrator book with Little Tiger Press, and her first picture book title with Bloomsbury Publishing, London.