Book Activity, Book Review

Giant Squid Book Review and Activities

On sight, Giant Squid was a ‘must buy’ for me!  On my bookshelf, there are many children’s books about octopus and giant squid bought over 25 years, and author Candace Fleming and illustrator Eric Rohmann ‘nail’ this version on so many levels I had to add it to my collection.  With every page turn, I was delighted to experience the poetically written non-fiction verse and get up close and personal with the creature that has mystified people for hundreds of years. Continue reading “Giant Squid Book Review and Activities”

Book Review, Reading to Children

Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson Children’s Book Review and Activities

The Paper Dolls – Review and activities by Kim Benson writer and educator

Julia Donaldson’s picture book, The Paper Dolls, is often in my teacher bag as I head into elementary school classrooms, and it’s one of my favourite stories.  Right away, the reader is introduced to a smiling little girl in tiger slippers who, along with her mother, has created 5 paper dolls holding hands.  They are, “Ticky and Tacky and Jackie the Backie and Jim with two noses and Jo with a bow”. Continue reading “Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson Children’s Book Review and Activities”