P is for Margie Palatini
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.
ABOUT MARGIE PALATINI
Margie Palatini was an entirely new author to me and the kids. I was surprised to discover that she has a TON of books. All different topics and aimed at different audiences. Many of them are aimed at an older audience, but below are the ones that our three year old preschoolers enjoyed. The books we found at our local library had a decidedly farm bent, which worked well since we were entering pumpkin season and were planning a trip to the farm. They are full of ridiculous situations and dramatic animals. All of them made us laugh. Be sure to visit her website for more information about Margie and her work.
BOOKS BY MARGIE
(just a few of many)
Hilda Mae Heifer is driving the other farm animals bonkers with her melodramatic blues mooing. They hatch a musical plan to cheer her up. This is nothing but silliness and our twins loved it. 3+
Henny Penny feels the ground rumble and is convinced an earthquake is hitting the farm. She hurries off to warn all the other animals. Our preschoolers loved the silly rhyming named animals. 3+
The Web Files
Ducktective Web and his partner Bill (the pun lover in me couldn't get enough of this book) are on the case of some missing food. 3+
A hilarious take on the famous nursery rhyme "The Farmer and the Dell." 3+
The cover illustration pretty much says it all. Moose has an out of control moosetache that gets in the way of everything until he finds a way to make it work.
Books by Margie Palatini
There are a lot of fun activities to do with Margie Palatini Books. Here are some we enjoyed:
*Compare animals in her books to real life.
*Learn more about a favorite farm animal - we like ducks.
*Make up your own silly stories.
*Visit Margie's Site for more activities for your favorite stories.
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