It Looked Like a Heart Shape Explorations: Kevin Henkes Book of the Week GIVEAWAY

January 31, 2011

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Book of the Week GIVEAWAY: A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes and Chrysanthemum . . . and more mouse mayhem Storybook Treasures DVD by Scholastic (This DVD includes 6 stories: Chrysanthemum, Owen, A Weekend with Wendell, The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, Hondo and Fabian and Mouse Around)

Why we love this book:

Valentines, Love and Friendship are in the air as the month of love makes its yearly debut. Who better than author Kevin Henkes to share stories that teach profound lessons about friendship and how to treat others. In A Weekend with Wendell, timid Sophie must learn to navigate a friendship with bossy Wendell. And appropriately, bossy Wendell also learns a lesson about the give-and-take of friendship.

So, we like thinking out-of-the box when it comes to Holidays. Who wants to do the same old crafts year after year? Not us. For our own sanity, we have to always change things up a bit. For that reason, we’re incorporating shapes into our Valentine theme studies.

Two of our very favorite shape books are Color Zoo and Color Farm by Lois Ehlert. These books will be our starting point for a FREE printable shape book and art activity. Look for the link at the end of this post.

Color Zoo and Color Farm are excellent books for teaching shapes and colors. We like the way they challenge children’s thinking about how shapes can be combined to create objects.

I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait takes an interesting look at shapes in art. The author invites children to search real works of art for shapes. This shape book is especially appropriate for older children. We love books that get the creative juices flowing!

It Looked Like a Heart, FREE printable book activity . . .

Step One –  Read aloud: Share a variety of shape books.

Step Two – Hands-on Exploration: Challenge the children to combine shapes to create animals, cars, buildings, plants, food, every day items . . . . Building blocks or pattern blocks work great for this exploration time. In the classroom, the sensory table or the table game area can be set-up with shapes.

It Looked Like a Heart illustrated book page, age 4

It looked like a circle. But it wasn’t just a circle.

It was a hot tub.

Step Three – Student Books: It Looked Like a Heart, FREE printable book.

Each page features a different simple shape and corresponding text that reads:

It looked like a circle. But it wasn’t a circle.

It was a __________________________.

Miss Enigma turned the circle into a hot tub. No we don’t have a hot tub but she got to sit in one on vacation. It’s a highlight of her young life!

It Looked Like a Heart illustrated book page, age 4

“Mommy, you didn’t write mixed-up whale! It’s a mixed-up whale!

Since Miss Enigma is only 4, I gave her only one page of the book at a time. I also talked to her about what she wanted to make out of the shape before I turned her loose. If I hadn’t taken the time to have a chat with her, she wouldn’t have really grasped the concept. She only illustrated two pages, that’s it and she was done. If she wants to, she can work on the book another day. If she doesn’t want to, that’s okay too.

MacGyver on the other hand, grabbed his entire book and needed no assistance from me. He also collected science books and his dictionary to help him with his ideas and his spelling.

It Looked Like a Heart illustrated book page, second grade, age 7

And as usual, MacGyver ventures off onto his own, more advanced idea for a shape project. That boy is always one (or two, or three) steps ahead of me.

Print this book FREE: It Looked Like a Heart

Join us for a Geoboard Math Investigation: What shapes can I make on the geoboard?

We’re GIVING AWAY A Weekend with Wendell by Kevin Henkes and Chrysanthemum . . . and more mouse mayhem Storybook Treasures DVD by Scholastic

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

Are you the bossy friend like Wendell or the friend like Sophie who needs to assert herself more? Tell the truth! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, February 3, 2011

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, February 4, 2011. Check back it might be you!

We’re sharing fantastic finds with The HomeSchool Village. Here at waddlee-ah-chaa we highlight and GIVEAWAY great children’s literature each week. We also have an entire section devoted to FREE printable books and materials.

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

maryanne January 31, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Definitely more of a Sophie, although it depends on the friendship…

Is that an airplane MacGyver made?

Jeannine January 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Yes, that is an airplane made out of the foam stickers.

Natalie January 31, 2011 at 6:47 pm

The airplane looks awesome. I think I am neither as a friend. I am not bossy, but not too timid either and won’t let a bossy friend rule me.

Anissa January 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm

I have to admit I am a little bossy, not quite to the extent Wendell is though! I have definite ideas and good ways to accomplish them but I don’t cause others to take a back seat if they don’t agree.

Friendship is a balance and this is a book I would love to add to our home library to illustrate this point for my kiddos!

Tara January 31, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I think I am more timid than I am bossy.
I also think MacGyver is a genius! All of his ideas are great…things that I would never think to do!!

Dawn Craighead January 31, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I am neither, I don’t think. I love your free printable book. I am going to use it soon!! Thanks!

Robin January 31, 2011 at 10:29 pm

I am a friend, but sometimes I can be bossy.

Amber February 1, 2011 at 2:18 am

I would have to say probably more like Wendell. :)

Although I should probably work on that. :)


Ellie February 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

Well, I perceive myself as more unassertive, and that’s actually something I’d like to work on! I would love to be a bit more assertive, though definitely, I wouldn’t want to be ‘bossy’!

Jamie Tobin February 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Hey hopping over from HHH.I would have to say that I am in the middle NOT bossy nor shy/timid BUt I easily make friends with anyone.
Please stop on by and follow.

Alice February 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I’m pretty sure I’m the bossy friend!

Tiffany February 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Not sure which I am so… Hey?

Brandy February 3, 2011 at 6:32 am

Really, I see myself in both characters…just depends on the circumstance.

Janelle February 3, 2011 at 10:10 am

When I was younger I was really quiet and timid. I’m still more on the timid side, but, like many others, become bolder if the situation necessitates a stronger personality.

Jennifer February 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I hate to admit it, but I can probably be seen as bossy at times.

We love Henkes’ books!


Mary February 3, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I love this lesson and free book! So glad I found your site today!

Joy February 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I definitely think I am more like Sophie. Although, my family might would say I am a little bossy at time! ;) LOL

Jess February 3, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I think I can be a little bit of both friends at times! Love the stories your kiddos did! (found you through The Homeschool Village)

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy February 4, 2011 at 6:42 am

What great ideas! I have some old tangrams boxed up from my eldest’s elementary years. I should get them out for my preschooler. Thanks for linking up at the HSV!

Mozi Esmés Mom February 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I just printed out the It Looked Like a Heart book – that looks like something my way-into-drawing daughter could get into right now. Thanks!

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