This week is a short week due to Thanksgiving, so I sent an invitation to all of my first grade classes to come see my Thanksgiving program even if it wasn’t their regular library day. I was showing One is a Feast for Mouse by Judy Cox and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler.
I downloaded it using the Reading Rainbow App on my iPad. I hooked my iPad up to the projector with an iPad to VGA connector (which I bought with a grant from our PTO). I talked about how Reading Rainbow started as a TV show with Levar Burton reading books and going on field trips. The shows were then made into DVDs which we have several in our video collection in the library. Now Reading Rainbow is an App which can be viewed on an iPad. The App is free and allows you to download 5 free books and watch some of the videos, however, to read unlimited books and videos you need to pay for a subscription. I wore my Reading Rainbow T shirt (which I bought from Urban Outfitters) and had Thanksgiving books on display.
Extension Activity – Sequencing Printable
by Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler
This week we are continuing to read the Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award Nominees. Our book this week is Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth who is from India and illustrated by Jeffery Ebbeler from Cincinnati, Ohio. Before starting the story, we discussed what the boy is wearing on his head on the cover of the book. We then looked at the end papers, which look like they were inspired by Andy Warhol’s artwork Soup Cans.
Jeffrey Ebbeler included a house which looks like a tree house on rocks, which were inspired by a vacation home he visited and some Indian paintings. We discussed what kitchen utensils the boy used to defend against the tiger. After the story we discussed whether the tiger was real or imagined.
Extension Activities include the video of Shirley Temple singing Animal Crackers in Soup , Jeffrey Ebbeler’s website which shows pictures of the house that he based the house on the rocks and sketches showing the artwork process as well as websites about tigers including one from the Columbus Zoo in Ohio.