Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell: Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

October 18, 2010

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell

Why we love this book:

First, the collage pictures in this book featuring pond life are intricate and exquisite works of art. From the bark on the trees to the feathers on the birds, MacGyver has studied these pictures in detail. The author includes “Notes from Frog Song Pond” at the end of the book showing a photo of her tree house and the drawings and notes she has done while making observations at the pond.  The author even teaches the children how to make collage prints using interesting materials such as tree bark and bubble wrap. This book inspires us to get outside, make observations and create natural works of art.

Second, if you’re looking for a book to teach verbs, this is your book. The story of the pond is told through the actions of the animals including the, “six silent turtles (that) sit still as stones.” (Head on over to our post on introducing nouns & verbs to children, using great children’s literature like Scoot!)

Last, this book fits-in more than perfectly with our journey through the habitats of the world. There is so much to do with this book that we will be featuring it next week as well. However, don’t worry we’ll also be back with a two book GIVEAWAY on frogs next week! So stay tuned . . .

The Animal Kingdom Poster Collages

Step One: Gather a huge pile of old nature magazines. For years MacGyver’s Grandmother has given him subscriptions to the magazines like Your Big Backyard and Ranger Rick. These were just what we needed for our classes of animals collage posters.

Step Two: Research attributes of each animal class. Of course, MacGyver selected reptiles for his first collage. We read books and also did an internet search. Since he is still blooming into his reading and writing, I recorded his facts on sentence strips for him. He glued the strips to a blank poster board.

Step Three: Cut animal photos from magazines.

Step Four: Glue photos onto correct animal class poster.

Miss Enigma, age three, focused her attention on the mammal poster. MacGyver, age 7, researched and dictated the attributes of  the mammals for the poster and Miss Enigma searched for the photos. She looked for animals with hair. While she looked through the magazines for animals with hair or fur, we discussed the other traits of the mammals she found.

Notice, since Miss Enigma is a preschooler, she glued the photos every which way: sideways, upside down, diagonal and even right-side up.

We’re GIVING away one copy of Scoot by Cathryn Falwell

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

Where is your favorite place to observe animals in their natural habitat? (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.) Recently, we took a family trip to the beach. It was thrilling to watch the dolphins play in the ocean each day!

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, October 21, 2010

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, October 22, 2010. Check back it might be you!

Life with Jeannine


{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Deb October 18, 2010 at 10:22 am

My favorite place to observe animals in their own habitat is in my backyard.

Not so close to the house that the creatures might be tempted to come IN, you understand; but observing animals in my backyard does not require me to get in the car and drive somewhere with insufferably impatient tiny people asking if we are there yet every 16 seconds.

See thet? I am totally all about the nature.
Homeschool WIN!

Karisha October 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

There used to be an alligator that lived at the water treatment plant in Port Aransas. Even as an adult I could not wait until the next trip to witness this alligator. Sometimes we would be there at the right time to see the alligator catching lunch. This reminds me that I should get out the videos and share them with my children.

maryanne October 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

We love watching the wild turkeys that wander into our yard on a near-daily basis!

Anne October 18, 2010 at 1:08 pm

Love the collages! I donate to the National Wildlife Fund, and so they send me their quarterly magazine. Makes for great crafting supplies!
We like to observe animals anyplace we can find them – most recently B enjoyed the animals in the petting zoo at the pumpkin patch! As far as natural habitats go, we have a woodland preserve near one of our favorite parks, so sometimes we get to see some neat animals there.

Cathryn Falwell October 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm

What a lovely surprise to see SCOOT! on your site! I had a great time finding fun verbs and making the illustrations for this book. I will have two more nature books out next year. Hooray for all of you who share the wonders of the natural world with children!

Alice October 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm

We like to observe in our own yard mostly. We have dogs, cats, chickens, horses as well as wild deer and coyotes and many types of birds. Sitting in my own back yard and just watching the animals do their thing is one of my favorite ways to relax!

Tiffany October 18, 2010 at 9:51 pm

We have two. Our first, like most of you, is our backyard. Our second, is the natural well right down the street from us. It is fun to watch all the freshwater activity going on down there and Mason loves to jump in on hot summer days.

MaggieRuns October 19, 2010 at 7:54 am

In our backyard!! Butterfly’s galore! We’ve seen deer, great big black snakes! Eeek! Over 8 feet long! Really freaked me out! ;-) The boys loved it! We’ve seen snapping turtles and once a coyote!

Sheila October 19, 2010 at 8:23 am

We live on a waterway and get all kinds of beautiful birds walking and flying by. We also get the occasional raccoon, possum, turtle, snake, and alligator!

skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

Donna October 19, 2010 at 8:26 am

I have my own wild beast in the house—a beautiful 15-pound red tabby who thinks he is a lion and loves to stalk and attack me!

maggy, red ted art October 19, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Popping over from Red Ted Art… thanks for your lovely comments and invite t enter competition! Sadly I am in the UK!!! Oh no! Can’t take part.


By the way, I have a Kids Get Crafty link up every Wednesday, would love for you to join in?

Many thanks!!


Tara H October 19, 2010 at 10:02 pm

My 5 boys and I love getting out in the yard and turning big rocks over to find all kinds of bugs! We especially like finding frogs.
Great giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

Jackie October 21, 2010 at 5:49 am

We have a wooded backyard so we love all our little animals there. The other day we were doing a craft with acorns and a squirrel came and sat at our door.
We also love to make collages so this book sounds great.

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