Monday, October 28, 2013

Afterschool for Smarty Pants: Books about Seasons
The topic for Poppins Book Nook this month is Seasons, and I want to share our recommendations for different age groups on this topic. Disclosure: I am an Amazon affiliate, and this post contains affiliate links.

Preschool (3-4 years old)

The Seasons of the Arnold's Apple Tree
The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons is an excellent introduction to the topic of seasons with bright illustrations and a small amount of text on each page. In the story a boy can enjoy his apple tree in different ways every season of the year, and the book can be used in a variety of art and science projects or unit studies.

Kindergarten-First Grade (5-7 years old)

City Dog Country Frog
Mo Willems’ Elephant, Piggie, and Pigeon are adored by every child learning to read (and their parents). City Dog, Country Frog is markedly different both in illustrations by Jen J Muth and in tone. The book describes an unlikely friendship between a dog relocated from a city and a frog. This friendship develops over one year, and the illustrations reflect seasonal changes in nature. The story has a subtly sad ending, and, depending on maturity of a child, he/she might get what happened or might not, but this really doesn’t change the charm of this book.

Chapter Books (6 and up)

Calendar Mysteries
I have to be honest here – I cannot really review Calendar Mysteries, because I haven’t read any of them myself. My fluently reading 6 year old read and enjoyed the whole set. She jumped from them to A to Z Mysteries where older siblings of Calendar Mysteries’ characters take over. Also, if we think about it, practically any book that spans a school year (Harry Potter, anyone?) can be considered a book about seasons too. An interesting assignment for older kids would be finding references to seasons and seasonal events in these books.

Art for Seasons

Fall is a wonderful time for seasonal art, and we have done some Halloween and leaf related art this year. But I want to share the family project we’ve done several years back for The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree. We only have three people in our family, so our project has three panels. It would be even more fun to do with four people.
Afterschooling for Smarty Pants: The Seasons of Arnold Apple Tree Art Project


Ashley said...

Lots of great books to look for! The trees look cute and easy!

Anonymous said...

Love the Arnolds Apple Tree crafts. The trees turned out so cute! Great storybook suggestions :-)

Dusty (To the Moon and Back) said...

We are big Mo Willems fans and have enjoyed the "City Dog, Country Frog" book many times. :) Great list!

Ticia said...

Oh that would be fun to look for the seasons in Harry Potter or a similar book.

hey said...

Natalie thank you for visiting waddlee-ah-chaa and featuring Miss Enigma's Puppy Dog Leaf Collage. :)

I highly recommend the IMAX movie Flight of the Butterflies about the migration of the Monarchs. It is totally fascinating.
MacGyver is big into attracting the Monarchs that travel through Texas. We have housed Painted Ladies many times. So very wondrous to watch nature up close.

Monica Pruett said...

Wonderful list! Pinned!