A Pattern for Pepper by Julie Kaulis
I absolutely love this one. Pepper visits a dress-maker who is making her a dress for a special occasion. Pepper can’t decide which pattern she should choose for the fabric, so the dressmaker shows her different patterns, explaining their origins and meanings. Julie Kraulis’ illustrations are adorable; delicately drawn with a simple colour pallet of blue, white and red. The patterns form the background to the illustrations as they are explained in the text, merging text and illustration beautifully. This would make a wonderful read-aloud story to introduce pattern to young children. I learned a lot! Available for pre-order, release date 1st August 2017.
1. Bring in different fabrics – can the children identify any of the patterns in the story? Are there any other patterns? Do all patterns have names? Make a matching or sorting game.
2. Ask the children to create their own pattern (limit the colours so they focus on the pattern element). What do you call your pattern and why?
3. Creative writing : what is the story behind your pattern – this could be done orally for pre-writers.
4. Discover fashion designers, look at sketches and photographs of fashion shows. Create designs from pieces of material and scrap materials and role-play a fashion show.
5. Investigate how textiles are made both in modern times and in the past – visit a mill or find a visitor who can spin wool.
6. Practice cutting out pieces for a pattern, laying them on fabric and drawing and cutting around them. Perhaps try sewing the pieces together with small groups of children or cut them in paper and see if the children can piece them together with tape to make a garment.
Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec illustrated by Pippa Curnick
This non-fiction title, highlights differences between animals and then asks the reader to stop and think about how they might be the same. The simple repetitive pattern of the text encourages children to look closely at the animals and predict their similarities, before it is announced in the text. This makes it a lovely interactive book to share with young children. The illustrations are bright and bold. At the end of the book, you will find additional activities and further descriptions of the animals featured in the book.
Available for Pre-order: Publication date 2nd May 2017.
- Sort other things into same and different groups e.g. fruit and vegetables, transport, natural materials, household objects.
- How are you the same as other children in your class/family? How are you different?
- Play a guessing game – show four objects and work out how they relate to one another.
- Explore animal skins, shells and /or feathers or choose two objects of the same category and describe them orally for young children and in writing for older children.
Where Will I Live by Rosemary McCarney
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This powerful photo-based picture book for young readers, written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations, tells the story of the hundreds of thousands of children around the world who have been forced to flee their homes due to war and terror. The photographs are stunning, and depict the hardships these children face and their resilience without being disturbing to young children. The text and photographs work together to explain the plight of refuges to young children in a completely age appropriate manner. A perfect book for introducing a difficult topic to young children.
Available for pre-order: publication date 4th April 2017.
Future activities for this one will undoubtedly arise from the children’s questions.
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