Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rainy days to play in....

Yes that is the perfect line to say to your child on a wet, rainy day when you forced to stay inside together and be creative about getting through that day.

That is the truth.  Many people dread a rainy day but you need to push that emotion aside and embrace the rain and even run outside and splash in the puddles.  After all, it is only water and will not dissolve you like the wicked witch in "The Wizard of Oz."

Pull out some old clothes for your kids to dress up in.  Have a fun parade using as many silly costumes as you can.  You can document these antics on film and show them to daddy when he comes home.  You can take photos of your rainy day and then make a scrapbook of the fun you creative - now stored as a permanent memory.  Another great idea is to lay some "rainy day" items out on the floor:  umbrella, boots, raincoat etc. and then take some flashcards and label them.  Use the cards as a teaching tool for language/vocabulary building.

 Here is a book you might pick up to read and enjoy together on another rainy day.

Beck’s attempts to gross out readers continue with her latest, seemingly innocuous title, about a hungry dog.
Wellington’s day is not going very well. The fire is out, his bowl is empty, his nose smarts from a scratch thanks to Honey the cat and his afternoon walk will be in the rain. And that meatloaf smell—it’s too tempting to pass up. So, after a lengthy drink from the toilet, he devours his master’s dinner…and the contents of the garbage can, which are described in all-too-vivid detail. As he lies belching, his arch-nemesis, Honey, takes the opportunity to torture him with threats of tattling. Welly’s stomach just can’t take it. With a great spew of synonyms and adjectives he vomits and then proceeds to lick it all up again. By the time he returns home from a rainy walk, he feels he is very deserving of punishment since he has ensured his master will be hungry. But when Honey gets the blame, his guilty feelings magically evaporate. Kerrigan’s pencil-crayon and watercolor-wash illustrations portray a rather droll, floppy-eared dog and a spiteful cat. Thankfully, her artwork is not as detail-oriented as the text.
This is one for only the strong of stomach or Xtreme dog lovers. (Picture book. 4-8)

This is  a  Kirkus review and is well done indeed.  I love the illustrations...both and text and illustrations marry together to make an outstanding, fun read for your child.  
Read on....even when it's raining cats and dogs.   (Use a google moment and find out the origin of that phrase with your kids).

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