R is for Rayner
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.
There are some letters that I am obviously having a harder time to narrow things down to one author. Phyllis Root, P?? Rey, and Anne Rockwell would be easy authors to study for the letter R. Although I could have re-read wonderful books by a beloved author part of the fun of this project is searching out and devouring everything by an author we aren't familiar with. It feels a little like making new friends and it is fabulous.
Catherine Rayner (http://www.catherinerayner.co.uk/) is the author of 11 books. She finds inspiration in her pets and animals at the Edinburgh Zoo.
This books was recommended to us by a dear friend. My daughter and I love giraffes, so right away when you see the cover with this quirky little giraffe peering at you we could not wait to start reading. Abigail the giraffe loves counting, but everything she tries to count keeps moving away. The ladybug scurries under a leaf, the leaves get eaten by a zebra, and the cheetah's spots are moving entirely too fast. Together with her animal friends, Abigail comes up with a solution so that she can enjoy some counting. 2+
"Uh-oh, here's come trouble" begins this tale of a silly, nuisance of a crocodile. Everyone is enjoying a relaxing morning until Solomon starts pestering the other animals. Rejected, Solomon is sulking when he hears someone else causing trouble. Who could it be? Love the illustrations in this book. Solomon is the most colorful crocodile I've ever seen depicted. 2+
Augustus and His Smile
Augustus the tiger has lost his smile. He goes out through the jungle, over mountains, into the ocean, and through the largest desert. Rayner's illustrations capture strength, loneliness, and life on every page. Despite how much I always love Rayner's artwork, it is the words that I wanted to read again and again. They are full of action and texture as they depict Augustus and his journey. At the end, Augustus finds his smile right on his face reminding him to find joy in the world. Beautiful book and message. 2+
Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit
If our twins had to pick just one, this was their favorite book. They are all about silliness and this is pure silly. Ernest the Moose is large and he doesn't fit in the book. He is however quite determined. The illustrations as Ernest tries to squeeze himself onto the page are hilarious. Frustrated, Ernest is finally ready to give up when his little friend has the perfect idea. Awesome read aloud about problem solving and persistence. 2+
Books Reviewed Below
*Vote on your favorite character. Ours was Ernest the Moose.
*Draw or paint pictures of your favorite animal.
*Visit the zoo and bring drawing materials as Rayner often does.
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