Friday, August 27, 2010

Curious George: Neighborhood Friends

Teach children about the people of your neighborhood with the help of Curious George!

Rey, Margret and H.A.
Curious George: Neighborhood Friends.
October 2010.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
Review copy provided courtesy of publisher.

The youngest of children are encouraged to explore the people they'll find in their own neighborhoods in this seven-page boardbook! Firefighters, farmers, scientists, chefs, and doormen are visited as their jobs are also discussed with a very short, one work answer to the question "What's there?," allowing children to make connections between different people and the jobs that they do!

This is a wonderful way to introduce children to the concept of what makes up a community. It's basic, yet covers pretty much all aspects of individuals who make up a community! Add all that to the slide-and-peek tabs and children not only enjoy the book, but also be engaged in the reading as well, especially if you pose the question each time and then allow them a chance to guess and respond to the question!

Learning/Reading Activity:
  • Spend time with your child exploring your local community. Make a time to visit the fire department, police department, a local farm, the post office, a local restaurant, even a museum or motel. Along the journey, talk with your child about who the people are who work at each place, as well as what is involved with each of their jobs!

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