"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Blueberries for Little Sal

Katya has taken a leap up in her interest level in books!

The other day, it was the delightful "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McKloskey. When we looked at the suggested age level, it was 3 to 8 years, putting Katya smack-dab in the age range. So, we dug out "Blueberries for Little Sal" and read that to her. Charity had the fabulous idea to read it using actual [frozen] blueberries and a small pail we had on hand. When Sal put 3 berries in the pail, Katya got to put 3 berries in the pail. When Little Sal ate a blueberry, Katya ate a blueberry!

Katya was quite interested in the story, but only wanted it read to her once, that first day. But the next day, she brough the book around several times, wanting Charity to read it to her. She tries hard to imitate the "plink, plinks" of the berries into the pail,  and the "caw, caw" of the crows.

Three cheers for "Blueberries for Little Sal" and all the other great children's books out there that are reaching Katya!

So what other books would you suggest for Katya?!


Claire said...

Handa's Surprise http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyIV_xYi0as

Here are some resources http://www.sparklebox.co.uk/thumbs241-245/sb245-handas-surprise-story-set.html#.USOejaW-2So

and the amazon link

Claire said...

I'd also recomend Milly Molly Mandy stories and My Naughty Little Sister.



Dick King Smith is good too. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=dick+king+smith

Have Fun!

Astrin Ymris said...

'Caps for Sale' by Esphyr Slobodkina is a little below the suggested age range you mentioned, but hey, it's by a fellow Russian, and Katya would probably love acting out the antics of the naughty monkeys.

Don and Audrey Wood's 'The Napping House' and 'The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear' have been a success with every age group I've tried them with, including neurotypical school-agers.

Also, Katya might identify with 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' by Judith Viorst-- she's had so many terrible, horrible bad days herself, after all.

Another thought-- you might try scanning images of the characters in Katya's favorite books, printing them on cardstock, put velcro dots on the back, and let Katya "play out" the plot of the books on a flannelboard, or any suitably fuzzy cloth you have around. You can also laminate the images before adding the velcro for added durability.

Janelle said...

You may have already tried these, but if Katya enjoyed the interactiveness of Blueberries for Sal, what about some of Dr. Seuss's books? Fox in Socks and One Fish, Two Fish come to mind as books with fun rhyming sounds she might enjoy, and she might also like acting out the "Fox in box, fox in socks" and counting out the fish, etc.

Milena said...

Oh dear....:-) I'm so happy for Katya that the wonderful world of books is opening it's doors for her, and I really wish I had any nice recommendations. But most of my favourites are Swedish and cost a fortune on Amazon (though maybe you could find them at the library? Then I suggest the books about Boo and Baa by Olof and Lena Landstrom). My children also like Little Bear's Big Sweater by David Bedford and A Hug For Humphrey by Steve Smallman. I have no idea though if there may be any triggers for Katya in any of these books, so please read them yourself before reading them to her, in order to avoid anything inappropriate or triggering.

Fionn said...

Do you have a book wishlist for Katya and her siblings at Amazon? My kids would love to send you all some books :)

Hope Anne said...

Fionn, I did not have a wish list for Katya, but that is an awesome idea, so I started putting one together today, choosing books from "series" I know she likes such as "Fancy Nancy" and then throwing in a few other books that I am sure would capture her interest! She is getting sooo interested in books in the last few weeks, so I'm sure she would love getting some in the mail! Thank for you for the brilliant idea! Here's the link, and I will share it in a blog post as well: http://amzn.com/w/3H7TXA4IJTJN2