J is for Emily Jenkins
As part of our year of homeschool preschool, we are taking a different approach to Author Studies. We will be going looking at authors using the alphabet. If you haven't tried it, Author Studies are a fun way to discover new authors and different books as well as an opportunity to talk about thematic topics, similarities and differences, and writing or illustrating styles. They are a great launching block for so many things. Our first one was here and from there we are wandering the alphabet in no particular order.
Water in the Park: a book about water & the times of the dayby Emily Jenkins
Sweetly detailed book about the life of a park. Jenkins mentions in the beginning that this is an homage to the picture books White Snow, Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt and The Park Book by Charlotte Zolotow. From the moment the sun rises and turtles settle on rocks in the pond to the children filling the playground to an evening storm that rolls through before dark, this relatable story shows the every day life of a beloved park. 3+
Five Creatures by Emily Jenkins
A mom, a dad, a girl, and two cats live in a house. This makes 5 creatures. Five creatures that are alike and different in a variety of ways. A creative book about numbers that would be excellent for working on the concepts of counting 1-5, understanding parts and a whole, and introduction to addition and subtraction. 3+
What Happens on Wednesdays by Emily Jenkins
This tale follows a little girl during a typical Wednesday with her mom and dad. I love the realistic glimpse into a busy family's life and the wonderful illustrations. Snuggle up to read this one and then talk about what a typical day looks like for your family. 2+
That New Animal by Emily Jenkins
Two dogs are confused and annoyed by the presence of a new "animal" in the household. The people aren't acting the same. No one is paying attention to them. Eventually they learn to tolerate and even enjoy the intruder. This is a hilarious book, perfect for sharing with a child expecting a new sibling. 3+
My Favorite Things (According to Alberta) by Emily Jenkins
Alberta is an opinionated girl. She prefers small dogs to big dogs, she adores red gummy candies, and her favorite color is orange. But what is her absolute favorite thing? Creative book about individuality and loving yourself. 3+
Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
This is a chapter book that follows the adventures of a group of stuffed animals. 4+
Books Reviewed Below
*Draw the same place at different times of days. Your house? A favorite spot of a room? A tree in a park?
*Describe your family like in Five Creatures. Use numbers to describe your hobbies, appearance, likes and dislikes, etc.
*Make a magazine collage of your favorite things such as Alberta's list.
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