Yesterday while on my way to Target, I passed a group of kids holding signs to encourage folks to come to their yard sale and bazaar. Not wanting to pass up a good sale, we stopped in. The event was a fundraiser for The Shoshana S. Cardin School in Baltimore. The first table I found was filled with one of my favorite things in the world: BOOKS, BOOKS, AND MORE BOOKS. One of my finds was this hilarious book by Judi Barrett. I giggled as I was reading it and couldn't wait to fork over my $1 for this cute story!
Did you know that the quietest thing in the world is a worm eating peanut butter? And the jumpiest thing in the world is 2,222 toads on a trampoline? Or that the wiggliest thing in the world is a snake ice-skating? Humorous text combined with hilarious illustrations (thanks to John Nickle) make this my BOOK OF THE DAY.
- Before reading the book, spend some time exploring the cover and have children predict what the story might be about. The cover lends itself to LOTS of ideas!
- Give children the adjectives and let them finish the sentences with their own text and illustrations: The loudest thing in the world is..., The messiest thing in the world is...., etc...
- Talk about comparisons and comparative words. This is a great book to use to introduce size concepts such as longest/shortest, heaviest/lightest, etc.
- Visit John Nickle's home page and print the pictures from the story; have children re-tell the story in their own words.
- Read more books by Judi Barrett such as Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing.