Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Babies and kids love Sandra Boynton

When I'm buried under a pile of books and papers (not to mention the net) for work, I'll have no time for books. But the kids? No way will they take NO for answer.

No matter how busy I am, I still need to feed, clean and yes, read to them :) I think it's great because children's books are always fun to read!

My boy received this for Christmas a few years back and he immediately wanted to do as the animals do LOL

"Barnyard Dance!" is a really cute book of farm animals dancing to the style and tune of the American square dance.

Opening with the page of a cow with a fiddle calling out the following lines, the kids were eager to start dancing:

"Stomp your feet! Clap your hands! Everybody ready for a barnyard dance!"

As an English teacher and a mother, I love the book because the kids learn:
  1. How to square dance (the animals show them how),
  2. The names of various farm animals,
  3. A whole host of active verbs e.g. "bow", "twirl", "bounce", "strut", "spin"
What's more, they burn off all that excess energy and the earth actually stands still for a good 10-15 mins as they catch their breath ;-) I also had fun reading the book aloud, tapping my feet to keep time and laughing at their crazy antics LOL

A really good book to read with kids on a rainy day when everyone's cooped up at home.

You can buy "Barnyard Dance" as part of a 3-book set, Big Box of Boynton: Barnyard Dance! Pajama Time! Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! on Amazon.

I bought this at 30% off at MPH (RM20.65) and the boy, who is a Mathematical maniac, doesn't mind the book.

Again, this Sandra Boynton's book of hilarious illustrations coupled with the one-lined rhymes is a hit with my hyperactive kid.

He loved the pages on cave exploration, a race, a play, "Pigglystick", and of course LOUD! LOUD! LOUD! (grins).

While the storyline held his attention, the detailed illustrations elicited a lot of comments and questions from him e.g.
how he'd like to go cave exploring, what the kids in marching band are playing, how the crying kid in the carseat looks like the Baby...

Needless to say, "One, Two, Three!" is a firm favourite with this little guy.

Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!

Talking about the baby, she seems to like this book and "Barnyard Dance!". I think the vivid pictures capture her attention and the rhythmic reading entertains her.

The boy isn't a big dinosaur fan but he likes learning about "opposites", which is the theme in "Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!". Plus, he enjoys the pictures of the dinosaur party, dinosaurs singing, dinosaurs crammed in the elevator and another page of primary colours.

This is also a great book that explores emotions i.e. the boy empathized with the little dinos crying over a burst balloon and even shared how you must be VERY CAREFUL when you hold a balloon. You cannot run!

Another nice book to introduce the basic concept of antonyms to toddlers and preschoolers.

The illustrations in "Opposites" feature wild and domestic animals in various situations to demonstrate the concept e.g.:
  • the obese elephant as HEAVY and the skinny bunny as light;
  • a doggy running as FAST while a snail is S L O W
Other than a tool to reinforce the concepts of opposites in young children, this book also teaches adults how to read aloud because Sandra Boynton uses various typefaces to her advantage.

For example, you can't help but read BIG as "BEEEEEG" and small as "small" (squeaky voice).

So, you can't use the excuse that you don't know how to read aloud to kids when you read THIS book.

It's really fun and you'd easily become the world's greatest reader because you'll get a lot of laughs and giggles (and demands to "read again! read one more time?") from your young audience.


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