Wednesday, September 19, 2012

VirtualBookClubjdaniel4smomAfterschool Blog Hop

I really wanted to participate in a Virtual Book Club hosted by some of my favorite blogs. September author is Lois Ehlert. I think of her not as much as an author as a book artist – her collage illustrations are simply stunning, and we read pretty much all of her books between the ages of 3 and 5.

Wag a Tail

I chose Wag a Tail to talk to Anna about the art of collage. She was not interested in the story that is more appropriate for 2-3 year olds, but was intrigued by the last page introducing different breeds of dogs and their qualities. She decided that an ideal dog for our family would be a Boston terrier since he is friendly, smart, and doesn’t need a lot of exercise. She also informed me (again) that she really wants a cat.

Sep16_Sewing

I asked Anna if she wants to make a collage of her own, and she agreed. However, while rummaging for collage materials, she suddenly had a fundamentally different idea. She spied some foam butterflies that I had forever and wanted to make a Christmas ornament with them. Umm… Not exactly what I had in mind, but I went along. Then she announced that she wants to sew buttons on her ornament to decorate it Sep16_EndResult(there are a lot of buttons in Wag a Tail collages). Last time I showed her how to sew on buttons last winter and she was struggling with them. Now she took to it very easily and surprised me with staying on this project for more than an hour and sewing quite a few buttons on all the while trying to stay symmetrical in her design. She was very proud with her Christmas decoration – never mind that it was in the 90s and I was waiting for her to get ready to go to the pool. Before we know it, Christmas will be here too.

9 comments:

Debbie said...

I love the look of concentration on her face as she sews the button on. her ornament is so pretty.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Her choice of activity makes me laugh - it's something my kids would come up with! Her butterfly looks great - where did you find such fun buttons?

Jackie Higgins said...

I've read a ton of Ehlert's book but somehow we missed this one. My 2 year old LOVES dogs. I can't wait to get this for him. She did great with her christmas button butterfly. Good for you for following her lead!

Christy said...

I thought we had read everything by Ehlert, but I am not familiar with this book.

Our high temps are in the 70s now and the kids already miss the pool and beach.

Sarah said...

I love Ehlert's work, also. I think it's wonderful Anna was inspired and came up with such a creative project!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

What a wonderful idea! I love the idea of sewing onto butterflies! Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

Kim @ The Educators Spin On It said...

So glad that you shared on our Virtual Book Club this month! I adore Lois Ehlert for her bright and colorful images, that no childhood should be without. It's great to see how it inspired your daughter to create her own collage. We did Waiting For Wings, she might enjoy that one a little more. Can't wait to see what you share next month with Amy Rosenthal!

Yelena said...

I love how Anna turned it into her own project! Sewing buttons on butterflies is a really cool idea too.

Ticia said...

I agree Elhert seems more like an artist than an author, but I guess that line rather overlaps.

I love her making Christmas ornaments, I could see my kiddos doing that.