It’s time for the Virtual Book Club hosted by Toddler Approved, Mommy and Me Book Club and The Educator’s Spin On It. Each month a different author is featured. Everyone then selects a book by the chosen author and creates an activity to accompany the book. The featured author for October is Amy Krouse Rosenthal.
Growing Book by Book decided to go with Al Pha’s Bet. Al Pha makes a bet with himself that he can arrange the king’s 26 letters into an acceptable order. The story tells the funny circumstances that cause Al Pha to put the letters in the order that he does.
After reading, why not make a cast of letter characters to use for some storytelling!
Materials needed: 2-3 mm foam sheets or heavy cardboard, paint stir sticks, various art scraps, markers and glue
Decide on an attribute for each letter and then create each letter based on your chosen attribute. Below is a list of ideas for each letter.
A: angry, adventurous, artsy B: bashful, brainy, bumpy
C: colorful, clown-around, cowardly D: devilish, dirty, dancing
E: excited, earthy, eager F: frowning, furry, flying
G: gardener, giddy, gorgeous H: hot, hole, hairy
I: icky, icy, invisible J: joyful, junky, jumpy
K: kite-flying, kind, kicking L: long-lashed, lassoing, language
M: monster, mad, muddy N: nerdy, noodle, nutty
O: outstanding, outer space, orange P: picky, purple, powerful
Q: quick, quiet, quacking R: rainbow, radiant, recycle
S: slimy, starry, stringy T: tired, travelling, talking
U: upside-down, ugly, umpire V: violet, velvet, vocabulary
W: wet, working, weeping X: x-ray
Z: zipper, zits, zoo-keeper
Don’t forget to check out other books and activities centered around Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s work at one of the Virtual Book Clubs hosting sites. At each of the hosting sites you will find others who have linked up their ideas.
Next month, we will feature a book by Tomie de Paola!
Happy growing book by book.
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