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Set aside a special place for children to keep their own books.
Publisher: Templar, an Imprint of Candlewick Press,
Material: hard cover
Summary: Open the box to find an instruction book and 40 cards with
illustrations on one side and questions on the other. The cards present possible settings, characters, and objects that can be fashioned into a story. The questions are intended to get the person started and get one’s creative juices flowing. The instruction book offers tips on how to create a story from the cards and an actual example of a story. This is a reading activity that can be shared with readers of all ages.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, interactive reading
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 12
Interest Level: 3 to 10
Age of Child: Shared with a group of kids ages 9 and 10.
Young Reader Reaction: The kids loved it and had fun making up their own stories!
Adult Reader Reaction: Here’s an excellent way of getting youngsters and adults
away from their cell phones and computers for some serious fun using their imaginations. Make a house rule that all texting, cell phone connections, and other “screen” addictions must be turned off or set aside when you use this kit! The kids won't miss their screens!
Pros: This is an activity that incorporates reading and storytelling. It is a splendid way to encourage creativity and using one’s imagination. This is fun for all ages and can be shared with mixed-age groups, including with young kids who can't read yet.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Buy one for family use AND purchase a copy to give your
Educational Themes: This is a fun way to engage kids with literacy activities. In addition to letting one person creating a complete story, let the kids take turns adding a sentence/activity to build the story together.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.