Thursday, July 12, 2012

Read with Me! Book 19 - Imogene's Antlers

Imogene's Antlers by David Small

We read this story, but I think the concept of a girl growing antlers threw her off at the beginning. We tried to talk about how silly that was and briefly talked about what can really happen and what is pretend (like my daughter isn't really a princess even though she loves to dress up like one). I felt like I had to over emphasize the silliness for the whole story. I think this story is a little too advanced for her, but only a little. I think that children 4 and up would really love this story.

The concept of reality vs. pretend is a very important concept so I am glad that we were able to talk about it. Other language concepts that can be addressed in this story are:

Days of the Week: the story starts off with "on Thursday..." I would use a calendar to point out Thursday (and then Friday when it occurs in the story). We love the days of the week song and sing it frequently. I have no idea where it originally came from, but I did not make it up. It's to the tune of the Adam's Family:
"Days of the Week (snap, snap),
  Days of the Week (snap, snap),
  Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (snap, snap)
  There's Sunday and there's Monday. There's Tuesday and there's Wednesday
  There's Thursday and there's Friday. And then there's Saturday!
  Days of the week (snap, snap),
  Days of the week (snap, snap),
  Days of the week, days of the week, days of the week (snap, snap)!"

Problem Solving: because of her antlers, Imogene encounters new problems that she probably never encountered before, like getting dressed or going through doors. This could be a good time to bring up a current problem that your child is experiencing and talk about ways to solve that problem.

Compassion: Imogene had other's not understand her antlers. The doctor has no idea what's going on. The principal glares at her. Her mother faints frequently. And other's use her antlers for their own benefit (although in this case it's cute and not mean at all). These give you opportunities to talk about how to treat people who are different from us or who have special circumstances.

We all really enjoyed the ending (I'm not going to spoil it at'll need to go check it out!) and we hope you do, too!

If you are interested in owning this book, I have a link to Amazon below or check it out at your library!

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