Friday, September 19, 2014

A Button Story by Emil Sher

Welcome back dear Reader Friends,
The Queen here returning from her summer vacation. Since school is now in session (as the dragon's have been quite busy with their homework and classes) I've decided it time to set down with a new list of books to introduce to you. I've searched far and wide over the summer and hope to have some fun and exciting reads for you  in the coming months. Check back weekly.

To start off, I've picked a delightfully colorful book for the younger readers. Even if you  are just starting to read, the text is simple, and the pictures bright and fun to look at. After you've read the book, scroll down for some ides on how to make your reading experience even more enjoyable.

Well, here's our first book, 

A Button Story

Author: Emil Sher

Illustrator: Cindy Revell

Book Information:
Publisher and date: Annick Press;  (June 1, 2014)
Reading level: 2 - 4 years
Book Info: Board book: 26 pages
Genre: Children's picture book
ISBN: 978-1554516520

Book Theme:
Buttons, father and daughter, counting, shapes and colors
Book Summary
Buttons, buttons, all around!
In this colorful board book, the search for a lost button takes a little girl on an adventure. When the button is nowhere to be found, she and her father set out for a store filled with every imaginable kind of button -- fancy buttons, funny buttons, bowls brimming with button... soup! She soon finds a suitable replacement, only to arrive home to discover the lost button on the stairs. But that's not a problem at all. The found button is quickly stitched on to join all the other fanciful ones on her sweater.

Activity Adventures:

Young Readers:
Working with a large jar of buttons can provide many fine motor activities.
* Scoop buttons from one bowl to another.
* String buttons on a bit of yarn or string. Make into a necklace or bracelet. 
* Sort buttons by color, size or shapes

Older Readers:
Make a picture using buttons. Suggestions might be a rainbow, a house, a button dog, or a face.
Or, if you have shape buttons like in the book, draw a picture to put your button on.

Here's more: 
Math Games using buttons

Writing Prompts:
Pretend to be a button that fell off a shirt and became lost. Write a story about what you would do? How you would feel: lost or free?  Would you try to find your sweater, or roll off on a vacation. 

Authors Arena

Born and raised in Montreal, Emil taught at a secondary school in rural Botswana before returning to
Montreal to pursue a degree in creative writing. He has written professionally ever since in a variety of genres, for young audiences and the once-were-young. Stage plays, screenplays, non-fiction, children's fiction: at any given time, Emil can be found procrastinating as he juggles a host of projects. Currently, he lives in Toronto with his wife and younger daughter as he texts his out-of-town daughter to distraction. He loves his family to bits, including an untrained dog that ignores him on command.

Illustrator:  Cindy Revell
Please see illustrator's website for more information and a gallery of her works.

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