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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Kid's Books, Games, Sayings . . .and In My Backyard

Time to Explore

Do we say what we mean???

 Don't let the cat out of the bag!

When it rains, it pours.

I want to be a fly on the wall.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Hold your horses.

     Don't know what they mean?  Ask an adult.  I would love to add your favorites!  Just put them in the comment section and I will post them next month.  

Reading suggestions for 6 - 8 year olds. . .

National Geographic Kids Chapter Books is the 'new kid on the block' featuring TRUE stories of wild animals.                                  
       Ape Escapes! And More Stories of Animals Behaving Badly
            Fu Manchu is an orangutan who lived at the Omaha Zoo and loved to escape from his habitat and explore the zoo.  Read it to discover his mystery.  Two other clever animals are featured in this book.
      Tiger in Trouble and more True Stories of Animal Rescues
            Nitro was sent to a Carolina Tiger rescue with his friend Apache.  When he developed a high fever, he lost his sight.  Apache and the team of rescuers helped give him a whole new way to "see."  Other fascinating animals included in the book are: Ethereal, an albino micro bat, and three 'monkeyteers.'
Crocodile Encounters and Other True Stories of     
Adventures with Animals
          A National Geographic explorer, Brady Barr, comes face to face with thirteen crocodiles when he crawls into a narrow muddy hole.  The adventure is exciting and humorous as he goes about catching a crocodile 'using shoe laces and underpants.'
Dog Finds Lost Dolphins and More True Stories of Amazing Animal Heroes
            When dolphins become stranded off 
of Florida Keys coastline, they need a friend like Cloud, a black lab with a nose geared to sniffing them out.  Other charming animals include a service monkey who helps a young man recovering from an accident, and a land-mine sniffing rat.

A Charming Picture Book Connecting Young Readers with the Planet They Live On  (5 and up)
                               You are Stardust            
                   by Elin Kelsy and Soyeon Kim           We are provided with a new ecological lens that focuses on parallels between humans and our earth - relationships and connections presented in a vivid format.  Effective photographed dioramas delight readers on every page.  

Poetry in Motion Thru Delightful Picture Books
                              Bug Off
                         by Jane Yolen 
      Photographs by her son, Jason Stemple
       We meet thirteen bugs, such as a fly, praying mantis, butterfly, ants, etc. in playful poems; provocative, revealing photographs; and accompanying factual narratives. 

           Honeybee Poems and Paintings
                       By Douglas Florian
         It is timely to highlight these busy, buzzy bees at a time when bee populations are dwindling.  Explore their lifestyles, families, and communities thru funny, fact-filled poems and paintings. 
                     A Butterfly is Patient
                    By Dianna Hutts Aston
          With over 30 species highlighted in clear vibrant watercolors, readers can compare the different stages of the same species.  Children will have an appreciation of the variety and complexity of butterflies. Poetic descriptions accompany factual information.

Ages: 3 - 6 years
          This unique game features three sturdy truck bases . . .  and for players beyond just piling pieces into the back of the trucks (4 and up), there are challenging puzzles using 20 transparent pieces to be placed vertically - and strategically - into the truck bases.  It is challenging and fun for a variety of ages. 

From My Backyard

         The increase in number of butterflies this time of year is noticeable - at least here in South Carolina.  Here, the eastern swallowtail seems to dominate the area. 
         The four black stripes on the wings resemble tiger stripes.  Sometimes, one can see swarms of yellow butterflies.  Each state has its own special species.  Look up which one is dominate in your state - they are all special.  
        For me, the best description of the butterfly life cycle is found in The Very Hungry Butterfly by Eric Carle.

In closing. . .     
From: A Butterfly is Patient
                                by Dianna Hutts Aston

"A butterfly is patient.
The egg hatches,
the caterpillar emerges,
feasting on leaves
before it wraps itself 
into its warm,
protective chrysalis,
patiently waiting. . . to soar!"

Signing off until next time.
Be creative,
Inspire others,
Enjoy Life