It has been a crazily busy week here at the House of Hope, with a couple of doctor appointments and a day trip for Steady Eddie and me on my birthday. (Bless him, he worked hard to rearrange his schedule so he wouldn’t have to spend the night out of town on my big day. It was still a work trip for him, but I got to putter around and spend an inordinate amount of time browsing in a huge bookstore, so it was a good day, at least for me. What a guy!) I said all that to say that although we have lots of books from the library, we’ve had a hard time getting to them this week. I’m pulling a couple of books that we enjoyed several weeks ago, instead, and sharing them this week. Hopefully next week I’ll have more current read-alouds to share!
Easy Work! An Old Tale is an adaptation by Eric A. Kimmel of an American folktale, and my girls thought it was hilarious. I’m not sure, but I think it might be because Mr. McTeague dons his wife’s dress, bonnet, and apron, as you can see here on the book’s cover. Andrew Glass did a marvelous job of visually translating this very funny story. The story, in a nutshell, is this: Mr. McTeague thinks his wife, in all her housewifely duties, has it made. She sees a golden opportunity (and he thinks he does), so they agree to trade jobs for a day. Well, predictably, things don’t go very well for Mr. McTeague. His homekeeping catastrophes are really funny, especially as he devises ways to make the work easier for himself. In the end, though, he learns his lesson: he’d rather leave the homekeeping to his wife and return to his work with the oxen in the woods. I see from Eric A. Kimmel’s website that he is a very prolific writer, especially when it comes to folktales from around the world. I’ll definitely keep him in mind as I plan for next year’s schooling!
The other book I’m sharing today is one that I’ve wanted to share for a long time, but I’ve been waiting for the time to give it its own post. I’ve since decided that that’s probably never going to happen (and the library is finally going to just give me the book since I’ve had it out for so long 😉 ) and that I might as well just give it a spot on today’s Read Aloud Thursday. The book? Harold’s ABC by Crockett Johnson. I’ve mentioned my love and appreciation for Harold and the Purple Crayon before , and it turns out that there’s a whole series of Harold books. This one is obviously an ABC book; the story takes Harold through the alphabet from A to Z, with him drawing with his ever-present crayon all the way. Harold’s ABC is every bit as clever as the first Harold book, and it even inspired me to encourage my girls in a little bit of bookmaking of their own. I suggested to the girls that they use this book as a model; Harold’s illustrations are based on each letter of the alphabet (i.e. “C is for cake” and voila, the letter C is a layer cake with a triangular slice cut out). I realize now that this might be too abstract a concept for a five year old and a four year old, but they had fun working on their little books. We used the “Book on a Stick” concept for our creations. Lulu’s book is entitled “Lulu’s World of Adventures with ABCs.”
This is her G page. This is a gorilla, and if you look closely (and think backwards 😉 ), you’ll see that the gorilla’s claws (nails? what do gorillas have?) are shaped like g‘s.
One more: this is her J page, and naturally, these are “jumping j‘s” on a trampoline.
Of course, Louise was included in this activity, too. I’ve already mentioned that she loves making books, but as it turns out, she prefers a more open-ended exercise. Her first page is of a lovely green caterpillar.
Now we just need to go back and add the text to our books, and we’ll be done. Oh, and I need to have a manicure ASAP. 😉
Now it’s your turn! What have you been reading with your family this week? Leave a link below to your blog post in which you discuss your read aloud selections, or simply leave a comment.
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Have a fantastic Read Aloud Thursday!