{Virtual Book Club For Kids} David McPhail: Learning To Storytell

February 8, 2013 in All Posts, First Grade, First Grade Literacy, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Literacy, Preschool, Preschool Literacy, Toddler Activities, Toddler Literacy

Welcome to January’s Virtual Book Club For Kids blog hop!

This month we are featuring book reviews, activities, crafts, and recipes inspired by the works of children’s author and illustrator David McPhail. (All book links, including images, are Amazon Affiliate links).

If you’re a quick one, you’ll notice that – um – it’s no longer January.  Life just got in the way of blogging, which tends to happen sometimes.  Forgive me!

For Book Club, we chose Sylvie & True, which the kids went simply nutso for.

Sylvie & True is a group of short stories about two best friends (a rabbit and a giant water snake) living together in a city apartment, and the little daily life interactions and adventures they experience.  The illustrations and story lines are comforting because they are familiar, but they’re even more entertaining because the main characters are an unexpected – and lovable – animal pair.

My review: I love that this was a short collection of stories, which was refreshing to read and listen to.  It’s great for little ones’ short attention spans.  Another benefit of this format is that it’s getting my children ready for chapter books and they’re becoming familiar with storybuilding and character development.  Sylvie and True, the main characters, are so effective in illustrating friendship and family because they appear to truly love and support one another.

The children’s review: The kids – again, my 2.75 year old in particular – couldn’t get enough of these short stories.  He is completely captivated by True, the giant water snake, and both the kids and I have acted out different scenes from the book, pretending we’re either Sylvie or True.

I don’t have a companion activity to the book this month, but something we’ve been doing to extend the learning is coming up with our own short story versions of the characters’ adventures.  For instance, instead of going bowling, we’ll tell a story about going to the grocery store or the park.  For more ideas on storytelling, check out our post on KidsActivitiesBlog.com about Starting a Storytelling Tradition.

For some other book extension ideas, check out the linky below, and here are some of my favorites from this month:

Did you read any books by David McPhail this month and come up with your own craft, activity, or recipe inspired by one of her books?  Please link up your post here!

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