As we wrote in our blog this week, as summer begins to wind down towards the end of August that’s the time when many people take their summer vacations just before the beginning of the new school year. To keep the kids busy and to continue to fight the dreaded “Summer Learning Loss” try these book suggestions.
How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague is for kids ages 3 through 7. “An original fantasy told in rhyme. Wallace Bleff, who is reporting to his class about his summer vacation, tells of his travels west at the bidding of his parents, who felt his overactive imagination, needed a rest. He relates how en route to his Aunt Fern’s house, he is kidnapped by cowboys and voila, Kid Bleff is born. He joins the rawhide crowd; learns to rope, ride, and build fires; and becomes a “first-rate cowhand.” In celebration of the end of the roundup, Aunt Fern invites Wallace and new friends to a barbecue. When a cattle stampede nearly ruins the party, the young hero saves the day as he displays hidden talent as a matador and reverses the direction of the herd. The art is done in warm acrylics throughout, first to portray the classroom setting where Wallace’s yarn begins against the backdrop of the chalkboard, then segues into the sandy scenes of the Wild West, and back again. Teague strikes again with a unique idea, one teachers would do well to use. An excellent read-aloud choice for back-to-school reading in the classroom or the public library. Marsha McGrath, Clearwater Public Library, FL Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.” Review from Amazon.
National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Trip Atlas: Maps, Games, Activities, and More for Hours of Backseat Fun is for kids ages 8 and up. “Keeping kids entertained while on a long drive can be a challenge, but the National Geographic Kids Ultimate U.S. Road Atlas can help. This book includes easy-to-read, simple road maps of each state and Washington, D.C., and a map of the United States. State symbols, cool things to do, boredom busters, fun facts, wacky roadside attractions, and games accompany the maps and provide engaging information with stunning photographs that will keep kids engaged for hours. In the back matter, a comprehensive index makes it easy for kids to look up names and places. To top it all off, everything is presented in colorful NG Kids style, allowing kids to learn as they ride and have a blast doing it!” Review from Amazon.
Rand McNally Kids’ Road Atlas. “A great first atlas to introduce young ones to the ways of the road!
Each state features a simplified road map, state facts, and a fun state-relatd activity. Answers for all games and puzzles are in the bck of the book with an index.
This colorful, fun-filled book is perfect for capturing kids’ interest and keeping them busy the whole trip.” Review from Amazon.