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Jun 182012
 

Welcome to the Summer Virtual Book Club!  This month’s featured author is Mo Willems.  I had never really read any of his books before the book club, but I must say we are hooked.  We checked out a great number of books by Mo Willems and fell in love with all of the characters – Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, Cat the Cat, Edwina the Dinosaur, Trixie and Knuffle Bunny, and even the naked mole rats.  I want to share more about Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! (A Cat the Cat book).

In Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! Cat the Cat is playing at the playground with her friends.  She asks each of them if they can fly.  They respond with “Watch me!” and take off in a dazzling display of flight while Cat encourages them below.  What happens when the friends meet up with Rhino the Rhino?  Can she fly, too?  I love the simplicity of this book, it’s fun characters, and it’s lesson in being an encourager and good friend.  My 2.5 year old loves “reading” Let’s Say Hi to Friends who Fly! to himself.  He has the book memorized and says the words as he flips through the pages.  He gets very excited when he can do that with a book.

As we read through the book, we talk about the characters that can fly and those that can’t.  I asked Aiden about other animals and things that could fly and he listed a few.  Then, we talked about things that don’t fly.  Another great Mo Willems book is Today I Will Fly! (An Elephant and Piggie Book). Piggie has decided that she will fly, but Gerald says she will never fly.  The book brings up a great point of asking for help to do things.  Piggie cannot fly by herself, but can she with help?  Aiden loves this book as well.  {Aiden loves every book by Mo Willems we brought home.  He usually picks a few favorites to read over and over again from our library stack, but not this time.  They are all equally read and enjoyed.}

Our Activity

I created a sorting activity to go along with the books.  To create this activity, you will need:

  • paper (at least 3 sheets)
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • markers, crayons

I folded a piece of paper in half (lengthwise) and then into thirds, so I ended up with 6 rectangles.  I cut up the rectangles, and then the fun began.  I tried my hand at drawing some of the characters from the books.  If you want to learn how to draw Pigeon, check out this page.  Depending on the age of your kids, this would be a great activity all on its own.  Get them to draw Mo Willems’ characters.  You can even upload their drawings to an online gallery at GoMo.net.  My son is too young to draw recognizable characters {anything but scribbles really}, so I did it for him.  While I drew, he did draw along side me.  I even gave him a few of my practice drawings to color.

I ended up with 13 cards of characters and things that I liked.  I wrote the label “Things that CAN fly” on one piece of paper and “Things that don’t fly” on another piece of paper.  Then, we sorted.  Aiden was excited to hold all of the drawings.  I asked him to pick one.  Then, I asked him if it could fly.  He responded appropriately.  I explained to him that we were going to sort the animals and things into two areas.  One side would be for things that can fly and the other side would be for things that don’t fly.  I showed him what I meant and gave him an example.  Now here came the tricky part for him.  When I asked him to place the card on the correct side {reminding him of which side is which}, he would do so, but then, he would pick up the card and move it to the other side.  He understood the concept of sorting in his head, but really just wanted to play with the cards.  He laid them out on the floor, mixed them up, and stacked them into piles.

Aiden also liked to say that Rhino the Rhino and Piggie could fly because they did in the stories.  I told them that yes, they could fly…when they had help.  I asked him if he could fly.  He said, “no…” in that cute little toddler way.  I said, “You can fly if you have help.  Do you want to fly?”  “Yes!”  I picked him up and flew him around the room.

We’re having so much fun with the Mo Willems books we have checked out, and we’re going to get more the next time we’re at the library.  I have yet to decide which ones to buy!

Here are all of the great blogs co-hosting the Summer Virtual Book Club.  Be sure to stop by and see what they’ve done.

Toddler Approved | Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas | Rainy Day Mum | Reading Confetti | Inspiration Laboratories
Play Dr. Mom | Mommy and Me Book Club | Kitchen Counter Chronicles | Two Big Two Little
Creative Connections for Kids | The Golden Gleam | Juggling with KidsTaming the Goblin
Crafty Moms Share | No Twiddle Twaddle | Ready Set Read 2 Me | famiglia&seoul
The Good Long Road | The Educator’s Spin On It | Imagination Soup
3 Dinosaurs | Royal Baloo | BeingAConsciousParent

I’m excited to see what books and activities you have chosen.  Link up your posts about a Mo Willems book you read and your related activity {project, craft, recipe, etc.}.  Please grab a button and add it to your post or somewhere on your blog.
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{P.S. Today is the first day of the Readathon.  Check out this post for a reminder.  I’ll be sharing our first activity tomorrow!}     Linking up here.    

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  14 Responses to “Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! {Summer Virtual Book Club}”

  1. What a great sorting game! I love how it led to a conversation about things that could fly “with help.” What a fun way to extend the story. We had never read any books by Mo Willems either, but we have had such a blast exploring them! :)
    Gina recently posted..Summer Virtual Book Club ~ Mo WillemsMy Profile

  2. I love how you demonstrated flying with help! So cute!

  3. My 3 year old will love this! Thanks for the fun idea!
    Danielle recently posted..Are You Ready to Play Outside?My Profile

  4. Great game! Love Mo Willems :)
    maryanne @ mama smiles recently posted..Learning Laboratory: Preschool Game Day!My Profile

  5. I love this idea, it really is cute (especially the part about flying your son around the room!) We haven’t read the Cat the Cat books, so I need to check them out!
    Bethany @ No Twiddle Twaddle recently posted..Free Kindle Picture Book AlertMy Profile

    • We loved this Cat the Cat book. It’s the only one we’ve read, but it was just as good as all of the other books by Mo Willems we read.

  6. I love that. I’m going to add this book to our library request list because we have lots of great birds in our neighborhood and an activity like yours and a birdwatching walk would be perfect!
    Jen Fischer recently posted..Summer Virtual Book Club: Mo Willems-The Duckling Gets a Cookie (Toddler Does Too!)My Profile

  7. This is such a great way to work on classifying and sorting!
    JDaniel4′s Mom recently posted..Memories Captured- Enjoying Summer RainMy Profile

  8. Hooray! I can’t tell you how much I love cat the cat! I wrote a post about it one day though (http://www.penpalsandpicturebooks.com/2012/02/my-chat-with-cat-cat.html)
    I just know my kids would love a game like this… the more silliness the better, just like with Mo books :)
    Robyn recently posted..What’s in a name?My Profile

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