>> Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Sunflower House by Eve Bunting
Jody's Beans by Malachy Doyle is a sweet book about a little girl who plants bean seeds with her grandfather. We liked this book because instead of "Jody" and "Grandpa" I substituted Bear's name and "Tito" (grandpa in Spanish) each time we read the story.
In Max's Magic Seeds by Jean Pierre Corderoch, a boy is given a bag full of seeds for his birthday and asked to scatter them around the town on his way to school to beautify his community. I love how the teacher in the book took the flowers and incorporated them into the school day. It reminded me of how I once taught my students - incorporating pieces of them into my lessons. (I digress, but we once did a whole writing assignment on My Littlest Pet Shop animals because all the girls in the class were fanatical about them. LOL)
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney is a book I loved as a child. The previous book reminded me of Miss Rumphius, so I found it at the library for Bear. A child decides she wants to make a difference in the world and as she grows up in the story, she realizes all these goals she made as a child, except for the one about making a difference, until she starts scattering flower seeds wherever she goes.
Zinnia's Flower Garden by Monica Wellington has really bright illustrations. I liked how it taught different flower names. I was inspired by this to make all the flower three part cards.
Jasper's Beanstalk by Nick Butterworth and Mick Inkpen has the cutest cat and we just adore the page in which said cat is mowing his bean plant! Love how the book also teaches the days of the week. "On Monday, Jasper planted a bean." (Or something like that....) "On Tuesday he watered it..."
I'm linking this to What My Child Is Reading, Read Aloud Thursday, and Feed Me Books Friday