Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Day at Grandma's - a bookwrap

Hurray for Grandmas!  If you are lucky to have your Grandma with you still and can spend quality time with her, then you are blessed indeed.  Unwrapping today's book...

Authored by Mi-ae Lee and Illustrated byYang-sook Choi

Math Concepts:  Time Preposition

The illustrations are charming, bold and full of expression.  The details the illustrator has created on each page will bring you back to the book again and again to find out more.  The colour pallet is soft and inviting and encourages you to stay and read on. Here are some illustrations to enjoy from the book.

There is nothing more heartwarming than a tight-knit family expressing their love and happiness towards each other with lots of smiles and hugs.  This book takes you on a  journey through time...the time span of one full day, where your little one can get a sense of the length of a day, the activities that occur at those different times during her day, and how her day winds down and ends at nighttime.   

The story begins at dawn with the sky slowly getting brighter.  A mother gazes out from her balcony, missing her wee daughter, Yujin, who is staying over at her Grandma's.  The time journey takes you through morning, noon, afternoon, dusk, evening and night.  

Wonderful descriptive words paint pictures of what that window of time is like, highlighted by the busyness that Yujin is involved in.  The illustrations augment the text splendidly and you truly get a feel of what the author is expressing in her words visually.  Although very engaged in her day Yujin  still thinks of her mom often and misses her terribly. Unbeknownst to her, her mother is feeling the same way too.  

The story has a very happy ending with both mother and daughter  once again united.  They curl and up in each other's arms and snuggle down together in bed.  Finally the night closes in deeper and they close their eyes allowing peace to reign over their little family unit. Contented now that the day is over they know in their hearts that all is well because they are all back together once more safe and sound.

The author has included at the end of the book an explanation of the span of a day and multiple activities that your child can participate in to understand that concept.

Mi-ae Lee has written many children’s books, and her honors include the Samsung Literature Award. Yang-sook Choi won the grand prize in the Publishers Art Competition. She has illustrated many children’s books, including Behind the Mask and The Name Jar.

Read on and read always!

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