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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

FEBRUARY IS ‘COLOUR’ MONTH

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Title: Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
Author: Bill Martin Jnr, Eric Carle
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Number of pages: 26
Type of Book: Fiction; Educational
Age: 0 – 4
Buy it here: https://www.amazon.com/Brown-Bear-What-You-See/dp/0805047905 Borrow it here: https://thebookwormcafe.libib.com
Price:$6.19
MY SUMMARY
A teacher uses a peculiar method to teach his class about animals and colors. He makes the animals and kids believe that they are being watched!

‘Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see?
I see a red bird looking at me

Red bird, red bird, what do you see?
I see a yellow duck looking at me’

The kids are introduced to 9 (nine) different colors like red, yellow, blue, purple, green etc. as well as 9 (nine) different animals like the gold fish, horse, frog, bear and bird, etc.
THUMBS UP AND DOWN
UP
: There were many highlights. First off, the pages were filled with bright and colorful pictures of animals. Then, the book featured lots of colours and colours are our theme for our 0 – 4 age group for the month of February! Then, its edutainment quality. It introduces kids to different animals and teaches them to identify sight words as well as similar words! Kids will be able to ‘read along’, after a few reads. Finally, the icing on the cake: the use of rhyme and repetition.
I recommend for all 0 – 4 year-olds. It’s a sturdy book too so it will survive those destructive little fingers.

NB: this book was first published in 1967, 50 years ago!!
DOWN: None
RATING
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK
1 Sing, instead of reading. Better still, make it a call and response song. So sing
‘Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do you see?’
And let your toddler respond with
‘I see a red bird looking at me’
2 Try the exercises below
3 Try making animal sounds
CHALLENGE: Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?
CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

1 Draw and colour 4 animals. (2 – 4 year olds)
OR
2 Colour the animals in the sheet below

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Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com
Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 4 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book. Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday February 21st 2017.
Next Book of the Week:
THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by Eric Carle

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The Gingerbread Man

Title: The Gingerbread Man

Author: Ladybird

Publisher: Ladybird

Number of pages: 10

Type of Book: Fiction; Fairytale

Age: 0 – 4

Available here: http://www.learnington-ng.com/activity/17-touch-and-feel-book-gingerbread-man.html; https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gingerbread-Man-Ladybird-Touch-Fairy/dp/1409304469

Price: N1000; 5.99GBP

MY SUMMARY

Imagine it’s your daughter’s birthday and you’ve just baked the perfect Disney princess cake for her. Then as soon as you open the oven, ZOOM!!! the Princess cake jumps off the pan and dashes out of your kitchen. Impossible right? Not in this book. In this book, an old lady baked a gingerbread cookie in the shape of a man and as soon as she opened the oven to take it out, the cookie got up and took off. The old lady gave chase, followed by her husband, then a pig, a cow, and a horse but the cookie refused to be caught and eaten. Read the book to find out what became of the gingerbread man!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: This is a great book for toddlers! It introduces kids to the wonderful world of fairy tales! It has vibrant illustrations and different touch and feels on every page to introduce your toddler to textures. I recommend this book for all kids aged 0 to 4! It’s a board book so it’s sturdy and will survive bites, spills and dunks in water.

DOWN: I didn’t like the end.

RATING

4.5 Stars.

TRIVIA

  1. This story was first published in 1875![1]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

  1. Read the story here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/folktale/gingerbreadman/story/
  2. Create your own Gingerbread Man story book here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/stories/folktale/gingerbreadman/story/print.shtml

CHALLENGE: The Gingerbread Man

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Draw and colour the gingerbread man on the cover of the book (4 year olds)

OR

  1. Identify and colour the Gingerbread Man (2-3 year olds)

http://www.supercoloring.com/sites/default/files/styles/coloring_medium/public/cif/2015/11/christmas-gingerbread-man-coloring-page.png

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 4 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, May 17th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS

 

 

 

 

 

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Gingerbread_Man

 

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Green Eggs and Ham

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Title: Green Eggs and Ham

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 62

Type of Book: Fiction; Classic (first published in 1960)

Age: 3-5

Buy it here: https://www.laternabooks.com/laterna_product_details.php?v=13332&c=111;

http://www.amazon.com/Green-Eggs-Ham-Dr-Seuss/dp/0394800168

Price: N850; $5.00

MY SUMMARY

In the book, Sam-I-am, a little boy pesters a man to eat a plate of green eggs and ham. He follows the man around the house with the plate trying to convince him to try the eggs and ham but the man adamantly refuses.

“Do you like green eggs and ham?

I do not like them Sam-I-am

I do not like green eggs and ham”

Sam-I-am offers different options;

Would you eat them in a house?

Would you eat hem with a mouse?

Read the book to find out if Sam-I-am was able to convince the man to try the green eggs and ham!

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Humor!! Kids will have a good laugh at the poor man who Sam-I-Am pesters. Rhyme!! The book is written in classic Dr. Seuss rhyme and the story can be sung. It’s just like a funny poem. Best of all, it’s such a fun lesson on the power of perseverance. Kids quickly learn that like Sam-I-am, they can overcome obstacles and achieve their goals if they don’t give up. I recommend this book for ALL little boys and girls. In the words of a dear friend of mine, “If this book is not in your child’s library, you’re sleeping on a moving bicycle”

DOWN: None

RATING

5 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. This book is the fourth-best selling children’s book of all time written in English Language![1]
  2. Only 50 words are used in the whole book![2]

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

CHALLENGE: Green Eggs and Ham

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  1. Identify and colour the eggs and ham (3 year olds)

http://www.lucylearns.com/images/coloring-page-of-dr-seuss-dr-seuss-printable-coloring-page-green-eggs-and-ham-coloring-sheet1.gif

  1. Spot 5 differences between the two pictures (4 – 5 year olds)

http://www.lucylearns.com/images/dr-seuss-kids-activity-pages-cat-in-the-hat-spot-the-difference-sheet-1.gif

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 3 – 5 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, March 22nd 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

CAT IN THE HAT by Dr. Seuss

 

 

[1] “All-Time Bestselling Children’s Books”. Publishers Weekly. 17 December 2001. Archived from the original on December 25, 2005.

[2] “10 stories behind Dr. Seuss stories”. CNN. January 23, 2009. Retrieved March 18th 2016

 

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There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

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Title: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket: Book of Ridiculous Rhymes

Author: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Number of pages: 24

Type of Book: Fiction; Contemporary

Age: 0 – 5

Available here: https://www.jumia.com.ng/seuss-dr.-stevenson-james-ilt-booth-george-ilt-mck-dr.-seuss-theres-a-wocket-in-my-pocket-4238748.html; http://www.amazon.com/Theres-Wocket-Pocket-Seusss-Ridiculous/dp/0679882839

Price: N1500; $3.50

MY SUMMARY

In this vibrantly-coloured, beautifully-illustrated book, a little boy walks around his home and describes all sorts of strange creatures that rhyme with the part of the house or piece of furniture they live in/on, pointing out the ones he likes and the ones he doesn’t. Read the book to see nonsensical creatures like the geeling in the ceiling, the wasket in the closet, the bofa on the sofa and the nooth grush on the toothbrush.

I don’t think any writer but Dr. Seuss can get away with a book filled with made-up words! In another day and time and of course, authored by someone else, this would be a rather silly book!

… like the TELLAR

… and the NELLAR

… and the GELLAR

… and the DELLAR

… and the BELLAR

… and the WELLAR

… and the ZELLAR

in the CELLAR.

It is indeed a book of ridiculous rhymes.

THUMBS UP AND DOWN

UP: Using words that rhyme, some with meaning, some not, it introduces preschoolers to everyday household items, different colours, shapes, the alphabets and parts of the house. It is a good read-aloud for toddlers. The book begins with a question “Did you ever have the feeling there’s a zamp in the lamp?”

DOWN: The book contains a lot of meaningless words! The toddler may not be able to differentiate between these words and the actual words.

RATING

4 Stars

TRIVIA

  1. 5 strange creatures mentioned in the book beginning with the letter ‘Z’ : Zlock, Zable, Zower, Zamp, Zelf 

HAVE FUN WITH THIS BOOK

CHALLENGE: There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

CREATE (WRITE a Story/Poem OR DRAW)

  • Identify and colour the zlock (2-3 year olds)

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OR

  • Write a short story

The _____________ jumped on the __________ and the ______________ played with the ____________ and the _______________ hid under the _____________

Fill in the blanks using 3 animals and 3 pieces of furniture. Draw the animals and pieces of furniture used to fill in the blanks (4-5 year olds)

 

Send your answers to ugochinyelu.anidi@gmail.com

Entry requirements: Entrants must be within the 2 – 5 age range. The first correct entry will be announced on this page and will win a copy of this book.

Answers must be submitted before 12:00am on Tuesday, March 15th 2015.

Next Book of the Week:

GREEN EGGS AND HAM by Dr. Seuss