The chicken is sure that they belong to him, but so is the fish, and so is the bird, and the snail and the frog… Using the same small scraps of paper over and over again to create a new animal on each page, Édouard Manceau has created a timeless cumulative tale that will delight and enchant children as th ...more
Superbly simple an ...more
1. Read the book with a flannel board
2. Use flannel board and tell the story without even using the book
3. Read the book and then have shapes available for the child to tell the story with you
4. Read the story and have the shapes available for an art extension activity after (create your own picture using the shapes)
Some of the activities skew older, but the flannel board could be used with 3+
"A book that at first glance might seem minimalist to the point of vacuity bears closer scrutiny when one appreciates the function the paper shapes can have in allowing a child to identify them in different orientations and even to practice counting." ~Kirkus
In the form of "The House that Jack Built", it's a story that builds upon itself, but also uses the same shapes and a few extra lines to make all the pictures. For teachers, having pieces of paper pre-cut out in the shapes could be a fun activity for kids to try making some other animals or pictures from the shapes.
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Here is a fun book to help teach your little one shapes and colours. Several different animals are made out of the same shapes, which will spark a creative flair in any developing mind. I think it would be fun to get some coloured cardstock paper, and cut out these same shapes and then let your child try to match the animals they see on the page...or make up their own!
This is a good book for a unit on shapes.
This is a good book for a unit on creating art with cut out shapes.
This is also a good book for a unit on air and wind.
This book lends itself nicely to ...more
Édouard Manceau was born in Vendée, France, and be ...more
Now I understand why the blogosphere is exploding with storytimes/lesson plans surrounding this book. It's just asking to extend a listener's creativity! No, seriously, it asks you at the end what you can do with the scraps of paper. Also, this would be such an easy flannel to make.
The story itself is a reverse cumulative tale, explaining where these scraps of paper came from. It starts with the last animal to interact with them leading to the first thing to touch them: ...more
The story: Some pieces of paper are blowing about and a bunch of animals are trying to claim them, "They're mine!" I know it doesn't sound very interesting, but paired with Manceau's simple shapes and black & white ink drawings, this simple story allows for the creativity and imagination of the reader to come through.
How is this a pop-out story? After you read the book, you can give ...more
This book brought to mind Michael Hall's wonderful picture books "My Heart is Like a Zoo" and "Perfect Square." I love the way the open ending lends itself so well to an extension activity. The cumulative text makes for a good read aloud and the plethora of white space on the pages gets the creative juices flowing long ...more