It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date, and adapted by Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts with a children’s/YA focus. The Sunday Post is hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer. These weekly roundups are a great way to discover new blogs and bloggers, share some of the titles you’ve been enjoying, and add to your ever-growing to-read list.
Happy Family Day, fellow BC’ers! Hopefully you’re having a relaxing day with your family, whatever your family might look like!
Now this one’s oldie but a goodie. Poor old Rover is all alone in the backyard, without a single friend to play with. As the old adage goes, be careful what you wish for! A wild and wooly rainstorm drives various animals to squish and squeeze into Rover’s doghouse, until one particularly stinky animal (no bonus points for guessing who that might be) sends all the animals scrambling out into the fresh air.
The text has great rhythm and repetition, thought the cumulative refrain can get a bit long for my wiggly group. Here’s a tip, though – whenever a text doesn’t quite suit your audience, feel free to change things up a bit – in the case of Move Over, Rover I cut out the lengthy refrain, and get the audience to chant “Move Over, Rover!” with me at the end of each spread. Perfect!
I’m having a bit of a retro moment this week. There are so many fantastic new children’s books coming out every year, but sometimes, when you just want something you can count on, there’s nothing like a classic. This is a very sweet interpretation of the classic children’s nursery rhyme, with adorable little ducklings wandering off one by one, only to turn up at the end with a surprise for poor old Mother Duck.
Now, as an adult, I have to say I always feel bad for poor old Mother Duck. Imagine losing track of all five of your children in the same afternoon! If I was Mother Duck, I’d be sitting those little duckies down and having a serious talk about following instructions and improving listening skills….but, I digress. Fun song, cute illustrations, lots of sweet fun for toddler time.
Oh, feelings. Sometimes they’re lovely. Sometimes they’re….not so lovely. Feelings can confusing, especially if you’re experiencing them for the first time, or if you lack the vocabulary to describe and communicate them. There will always be a need for gentle, simple picture books that make feelings approachable, and help children verbalize their emotions. Some of the similes in Wild Feelings are familiar (“clumsy as an ox”, “chicken as a chicken”), while others are a bit less concrete, (the spread with the text “how about totally and completely alone?” shows a boy in a wolf suit howling at the moon), and might need a bit of explanation. Still, the overall message – that feelings are natural and that everyone has them – is a worthy one, and the sweet illustrations are a lot of fun.