And I fell hard.
My selection this week is a visual delight! It also tells a good story. AND it has a recipe to try. Yum-yum-yummy on so many levels.
Title: Community Soup
Author/Illustrator: Alma Fullerton
(note for use with young readers: author also writes YA and her profile page
references suicide. She does not have a teacher's guide for Community Soup on her site.)
Publisher: Pajama Press, Inc., 2013
Intended Audience: 4-7
Theme: Kenya, Gardens, Problem-solving
Opening: "It's soup day!
Outside the schoolhouse, the teachers stir the broth.
But where are the vegetables?"
Synopsis: Children outside a Kenyan school go to harvest vegetables from their garden, but one classmate's goats escaped their pen and made their way to the garden.
|How could you be mad at this face?! p.14|
Plant your own garden. If it's still too cold to get started where you live, plan the garden out on paper and order the seeds from one of the big online retailers like Burpees or buy them (my local supermarkets have a good selection of vegetable seeds - but they sell out early!).
Make collages. Extra points for recycling items from nature.
Visit a local petting zoo and scratch a goat behind its ears! I bet you'll both enjoy it.
Learn more about Kenya. Time for Kids had great comprehensive content including a fun read and speak lesson in Swahili and a quiz on the site's content that home-schooling families might find useful. National Geographic Kids included an interesting video about the flamingos of Kenya. But DO NOT MISS Kids-4-Kenya. This site is offering a FREE 32-page workbook for teachers who request it during 2014. The site is a resource for their fund-rising effort, and I'm not a teacher, so I didn't want to use their funds to have it sent to me. Even without the workbook there is a wealth of information and links to recipes and online exercises. A real winner!
Kirsten Larson reviewed another book by Ms. Fullerton for Perfect Picture Book Friday (thanks for introducing me to this author!). Compare Community Soup with A Good Trade.
We are FINALLY seeing above-freezing temperatures that have me in the mood to think about the garden again. I enjoy fresh-picked leaf lettuce. Do you grow a favorite veggie?
This review is part of PPBF (perfect picture book Friday) where bloggers share great picture books at Susanna Leonard Hill's site. Along with tons of writing wisdom, she keeps an ever-growing list of Perfect Picture Books. #PPBF