Today’s corner belongs to Ravali Chalasani, the winner of our ‘Autumn Reads’ Book Reading Week!
Join us for a happy and bright ride to her reading experience with her 4-year-old and a glimpse into their colorful storytime with a series of book reviews!
Seat belt on? Actually, a warm drink would do!
Book Review: Secret Agent Splat!
Written and illustrated by Rob Scotton
Published by: HarperCollins
Splat the Cat’s dad made toy ducks. One of each kind, shape, and size. The ducks were stored in a shed. One day Splat notices a red duck missing. The next day, he notices the red duck back but with its beak missing and now a blue duck is missing. To solve this mystery, he takes inspiration from his favorite TV show and goes in the night with his buddy Seymour(rat) to solve the mystery. During his investigation, he figures out that there was a lonely mouse who wanted a friend to have tea with. So, when he tries to take the duck inside, its beak breaks. This could be a fun school-age storytime read-aloud book for kids trying to solve some mystery.
The book has a duck code on the last page. I printed this and used it for our sensory bin I spy letters game. We practiced phonics, loved digging through rocks(pretend), and matching letters.
Book Review: How Do You Hug a Porcupine?
Hmm, how do you? Well, you hug him carefully when he stands up, I guess. At least that’s what the book says.
Written by: Laurie Isop
Illustrated by: Gwen Millward
Published by: Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
The book is narrated by a little kid who goes to a farm. He notices all his friends hugging their favorite animals from cows to dogs to chicks. So, the boy starts to wonder how to hug a porcupine. As we all know, he has thorny quills. In due course, trying to figure out how, he recognizes, he can hug her very carefully when she stands up. Well, now, you know. The whole book has rhyming texts, short sentences, and makes for an excellent read-aloud book. The illustrations are super cute too.
On a deeper level, it’s the nature of people to get opinionated or talk to only people they are more comfortable with because our assumptions of them come in the way. Some of us don’t make or take the extra step to get to know a person who looks different. Wouldn’t it be nice to take the lead of getting to know and communicating with all sorts of people? You never know. Maybe they have a story to tell or teach.
As always, we added a Bookish play. Today we collected dry twigs and used them as quills to make our cardboard porcupine.
Book Review: How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow
Written by: Monica Sweeney
Illustrated by: Feronia Parker Thomas
Published by: Sky Pony
In this book, The Sun and the Clouds are best friends. Together they keep the earth warm and colorful. But one day they have a tiff and they refuse to stay together in the sky. Because of this, slowly the colors on earth start fading away, resulting in gloomy, dull, and cold weather/life, except for a box of crayons hidden in a school desk. The crayons take it upon themselves to save the colors of the rainbows/world and to fix the friendship between the Sun and clouds. So, they start drawing rainbows everywhere. They end up drawing the biggest Rainbow on earth, which the Sun and clouds notice, and realize how much fun they had making rainbows together. So, they end their fight, and soon colors come back to earth.
This book teaches us the importance of teamwork. It teaches us about determination and what can be achieved by perseverance. Small things can have a bigger impact on the world.
As always, we added a bookish play. DIY puzzle. Here you can make the Sun, rainbow, match the crayons to the words, and sort the clouds from big to small.
Book Review: The Rainbow Fish
Written & illustrated by: Marcus Pfister
Published by: North-South Books
The book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ is about a fish who has shimmering scales which sets him apart from the other fish in the Ocean. Over time he becomes proud of its beauty and doesn’t play with the other fish. Then he realizes as to what is the point of being so beautiful when there is no one to admire/play with him. He seeks the help of a wise octopus and decides to give away his shimmering scales, one to each fish. And the more he gave out as a gift, the happier he felt.
Rainbow Fish teaches you that sharing with others will make you feel content. And that you don’t need much to be happy.
Rainbow Fish Home Again. One day when the rainbow fish was collecting shiny pebbles in the Ocean, a storm came, and the current whirling water swept him away. But with the help of a few schools of fish, he found his way back home.
The book ‘The Rainbow Fish’ teaches us that it is okay to seek help from strangers when you feel like you are lost. You never know how and where you can find a ray of hope.
As always, we made a craft for our bookish play. I cut a fish shape out of cardboard. Cut scales from cardstock paper. Painted the fish, glues scales. The fun part, you can wear your fish and pretend to be swimming.
This was indeed fun! We hope you enjoyed this ride to Ravali and her little one’s story world as much as we did! Go show her some love too!
Author: Ravali Chalasani
Ravali is a mom to a fournado Abhiram Uppuluri. She is a Software Engineer who chose to be SAHM (Stay At Home Mom). She is currently pursuing Early Childhood Education, she says. Ravali and her family are a strict no-screen family, so books have always been their resort. She is enthusiastic to see her home turning into a mini-library. Apart from reading, they indulge in a lot of DIY (Do-It-Yourself) activities, pretend plays, and kitchen experiments.