Saturday, May 1, 2010

Review and May Giveaway: The Wonder Book

Amy Krouse Rosenthal presents readers with some of her own, personal "wonders" in hopes of answering and/or addressing the wonders of some of her own readers!

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
The Wonder Book.
February 2010.
HarperCollins Publishers.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

This laugh-out-loud book is perfect for those random moments that need just a bit of laughter to share with children. There are so many interesting little tidbits rolled up within the pages of this book, as readers Who Periodically Need Reminding About Table Manners are given the opportunity to explore The Less Famous Friends of Mary Mack and need to start out their week with the Week at a Glance ! Almost all portions of these book will have your most antsy, wiggly child(ren) sitting appropriately (although not without chuckles) without the constant reminder of Stop That! Be Quiet! Please Sit Still! (All italicized portions are subtitles within the story).

While not all children will understand and appreciate the humor of all of the different subtitled portions of the story, there certainly is something that will appeal to everyone! What I enjoy most about this type of book is that it can be picked up to fill a void moment - a time when you have just a minute here or there and need something quick and light-hearted to fill it!

Learning/Reading Activities:
  • Help your child illustrate his/her own version of The Less Famous Friends of Mary Mack before then creating his/her verse to finish off the new story using one of the following colors of choice: green, maroon, grey, purple, brown! The 13-page download activity book can be downloaded here.
  • Share the following poem about rhyming one afternoon. The next day, during "Seat Work" or "Independent Work Time," have your child(ren) re-read the poem and complete the blank at the end. This will be a good way to test your child(ren)'s understanding of rhyming words! Download the poem for completion here!
  • Share with your child what it means to "wonder." Then, ask him/her about something they wonder about.
  • In a comment on this post, share with me something that your child wonders about.
  • Be sure to leave an email address along with your comment.
  • Deadline to enter is Saturday, May 15th at 11:59PM EST.
  • For an extra entry(or two): blog about this giveaway on your own blog AND/OR leave a tweet on your Twitter page and then leave a link to the post/tweet.
  • Contest is open to U.S. Residents only, sorry for any inconveniences!

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style='clear: both;' Three Turtles and Their Pet Librarian said...

I loved this one too, and checked it out myself before I even put it on the shelves. My husband and I are always changing the words of nursery rhymes ("Baa baa baby, have you any drool?"), so the kids got a kick out of Rosenthal's versions. Many pages lend themselves quite well to different voices for read-alouds, too.

style='clear: both;' Stephanie said...

My son said he's wondering if it will rain tomorrow, because he is hoping to go pick strawberries. :)

This sounds like a fun book!

style='clear: both;' Stephanie said...

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style='clear: both;' Melissa Taylor said...

My daughter wonders when she's going to die - and see her great grandma. Morbid I know but it's what she wonders these days.