Saturday, April 3, 2010

Countdown to Easter: Day 4

My days seem to have fallen by the wayside, but such is so when you're working a full-time job! Anyhow, I still have more new Easter titles to share, so I'm hoping to get them all in by tomorrow night!

Anderson, R.P.
Rey, Margret and H.A.
Happy Easter, Curious George.
February 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

George is back at it - being that monkey that is sometimes just a bit too curious for his own good! When the man with the yellow hat takes him to the local park, George is excited to find it full of people. In the spirit of Easter, George and the man with the yellow hat join the community in celebrating the holiday with the Easter bunny, the dying of Easter eggs and finally, an Easter egg hunt. When the community becomes distracted at George participates in the coloring of eggs and then hunting down all of the hidden Easter eggs, the opportunity arises for the bunny to escape his holding unit, causing chaos to ensue. However, Curious George and his curious nature come to the rescue, as George locates what he believes to be the perfect egg for coloring - the Easter bunny's tail! As quickly as he upset the children, George becomes their new hero!

While written by R.P. Anderson, in the fashion of Margret and H.A. Rey, Happy Easter, Curious George struck me a bit odd - it didn't remind me of the original Curious George format. However, the story is well written and Happy Easter, Curious George will provide children with as much delight as any of the other Curious George titles! Children will easily be able to connect to the story, as they're likely all mesmerized by the Easter bunny, coloring Easter eggs and of course, the Easter egg hunt!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Create an Easter egg hunt for your child(ren). Have the hunt consist of locating 12 different eggs. Inside the eggs, give a title and the cover shot of a different Curious George book. Personally enroll your child in his/her own Curious George book-of-the-month club... select a different title for each month based on your child's interests and book titles that are already on your book shelf! This will encourage reading, and all children to see how writing can continue, as they are reading about a familiar character on several different topics!

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