This week, my boy H’s class celebrated Thanksgiving with the reading and making of Stone Soup as a community-building activity, I wanted to highlight the importance of farms and crops as well as include a not-so-Thanksgiving thankful story.
Doug Unplugs on the Farm by Dan Yaccarino
Doug the robot is back! He’s in the car with his mom and dad, learning as much as he can, when the car gets stuck in a ditch. Fortunately, it’s by a farm – which Doug has just learned all about! From hearding sheep to milking cows, Doug helps out a young Farm Girl with her chores. When it’s time for Doug to leave, he uses his new knowledge to get his car unstuck, too. Bold illustrations make this quirky story of a robot on a farm a winner. Share with ages 3-8. ©2014.
WazDot? by Michael Slack
A little robot lands on Earth, eager to learn. As it comes across different objects, it asks “Waz dot?” (What’s that?). Using its cell phone-like device, the robot scans each object to get the answer. Clever readers scan the illustrations to reveal the unknown object. Another robot on the farm story, but with an interactive twist, WazDot? had the children shouting out the answers to the little robot’s questions. At the end, the children wondered if the robot will travel to the city. Share with ages 2-6. ©2014.
Tops and Bottoms retold by Janet Stevens
Bear doesn’t work and sleeps all day on his porch. Hare has a family to feed, a can-do attitude and a clever mind. A folktale centered on the value of hard work and the consequences of laziness, this gem kept the children in rapt attention while highlighting how food is grown. A beautiful tie-in to their weekly Stone Soup unit on using crops together. Share with ages 3+.
Thank You, World by Alice B. McGinty
A gentle look at thankfulness around the world. From the sunrise in the morning to the swings during the day to the stars at night, children around the world are all thankful for similar things. The detailed drawings would be best suited for small-group sharing. Share with ages 4-7.
Read-Aloud Tuesday is when I read aloud in my son’s Montessori classroom (ages 3-6). Young readers are demanding and honest: I strive to share the best of the best with them each week.