From earliest times, the concept of "play" has been part of the human experience. And while some pastimes have gone in and out of favor over the years, some never change or lack for enthusiasts. Using poetry and prose, Judy Young relives many of the familiar games of childhood and invites young readers to join along as she plays Kick the Can, Monkey in the Middle, and Double Dutch jump rope. "The rope starts to turn and I jump with my feet As I sing out a song with the same rhythmic beat, Turn around, touch the ground, first jump slowly, then fast; How many more jumps do you think I will last?" Colorful artwork reinforces the underlying message of the importance of physical play in today's techno-driven world. In Lazy Days of Summer even "older" children will recall the welcome tang of lemonade after a rugged game of tag.
In this illustrated book based on the beloved children’s game, readers and listeners alike are prompted to act out the commands as the rhythmic text leads to a sleep-inducing conclusion.
A ten-line poem about playing with play dough.
This poem describes what might happen if moose go walking "barefoot" in the mud.
Young readers will relate to the children in the book playing some favorite ball games, including soccer, baseball, basketball, and golf. Repetitive text structure and close picture-to-text match help children identify such actions as kicking, catching, hitting, and shooting a ball. A simple activity asks children to identify which ball belongs to which sport.
Finally, boredom is solved with many suggestions on things that children can do! They can play, read, and even spend time with their families. This book introduces readers to new vocabulary related to boredom-busting activities.
Activities are better together! There are so many fun things to do. How will you spend your day? Enjoy a poem about a visit from Grandma. Then read about animals all having fun on a teeter-totter. Then Tex and Indi go to an art museum and find inspiration. Stories by Lissa Rovetch, Vijaya Bodach, Sherry Shahan, and Eileen Spinelli.