In certain parts of the world its spring and while my son has never witness the transformation that happens at such a time of year we talk about it. And of course, we read about it. That is the beauty of books. It can take you anywhere and describe to you what is happening there.
So our journey into the spring season came to us courtesy of these two books:
To Catch a Bug by Nabeel Akbar, illustrated by Anam Ahmed. Kids Will Be Kids/Kube Publishing, 2007. Fiction. 16 pages. ISBN 9780980938210.
It’s not the pretty flowers that catch my eye.
I’m looking for spiders, bugs and maybe a butterfly.
InshaAllah, I think I’ll try and catch one today.
Then I’ll show mom, I wonder what she’ll say.
Of course I’ll be careful when catching the insect.
It’s important to show all off Allah’s creatures respect.
Young children will enjoy following the little girl as she explores the garden and collects insects of all shapes and sizes. What child is not fascinated by things that crawl, creep and fly? But how many parents will indulge a child and let them bring such creatures into the house? Mummy’s surprise at finding the bug collection will bring smiles to parents and their little loved ones. All seems to end well when there is an agreement to bring no more bugs in the house until the little girl finds something else to collect.
We liked the book because of the short rhyming sentences and the bright illustrations. We admired the plants in the garden, talked about the places where each bug was found and who created them all. This picture book is just simply a delightful read. Good for reading aloud to three to four old children. Children 5 to 6 years should be able to read it on their own.
A Small, Small Seed by Judith Nicholls. Ladybird Books, 2004. Non Fiction. 14 pages. ISBN 978-1844224227.
The repetition and the textures of this short book interest the child’s senses as he learns how a seed grows into a beautiful sunflower. The book incorporates textures into the illustrations providing an interactive reading experience. Readers can touch and feel the seed, the roots, the shoots, the leaves all the while witnessing the transformation of the seed and the growth of a new plant. The last page folds out to reveal a tall sunflower.
We liked this simple book because there was a lot to see and touch. Use this book as part of your lesson plans relating to the life cycle of a plant and the growth needs of a plant. We had fun making our own tall sunflowers to decorate the room by simply cutting out petals, stems and leaves from card stock paper and decorating the centre with sunflower seeds!
And there is a whole range of other books about spring just waiting for you at your local library. Why don’t you check one out today?