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When storytelling and reading are accompanied by creative craft activities, children can develop a rewarding experience ...
When storytelling and reading are accompanied by creative craft activities, children can develop a rewarding experience combining play and early literacy.
The craft activities are illustrated with easy-to-follow directions, and the materials required are clearly laid out at the beginning of each activity section. A different illustrator has produced the artwork for each story.
The Golden Goose
illustrated by Alice Priestley
A traditional tale of a sticky golden goose who succeeds, where all else has failed, in making a young princess laugh again.
Craft: Create finger-puppet dolls from toilet paper rolls of all the story's characters: the goose, the king, the princess, the baker, the blacksmith, the old woman and Thaddeus.
My Messy Parents
illustrated by Kitty Macaulay
Nadya is tired of her parents' mess. She tries to tell them that everything has a place, but they won't listen. When they actually start to clean up, all sorts of things go missing - including Nadya and her little brother, Max!
Craft: Easy-to-make finger puppets from construction paper. Make Mom, Dad, Nadya, and baby brother Max.
The Mouse and the Elephant
illustrated by Vlasta van Kampen
A small brown mouse is in a hurry to prove he is the smartest and bravest and fiercest creature in the whole world, and he hunts out an elephant to prove it. At the end of the story he is as disillusioned as he was when he began his quest.
Craft: Make puppets with party blowouts of all the characters in the story: the mouse, the elephant, the lizard, the ladybug, and the warthog.
I Touched the Moon!
illustrated by Suzane Langlois
When the Court Magician has exhausted all his ideas, a young girl shows a spoiled prince how to get what he wants. She cleverly reveals a simple way to touch the moon.
Craft: Create a moon, a crown you can wear, and all the things the prince tries to use to touch the moon - a ladder, a rainbow, and wings.
illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
One hot day a little turtle wanders down to the river. Before he can swim, he must first outwit a hippo and an elephant. After winning the tug-of-war, he proves himself the best sport by sharing his river with everybody.
Craft: Create the river and the tree that the little turtle hides behind, and then make the turtle, the hippo, and the elephant to play with.