BOOK LOOK – Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett


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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

by Judi Barrett


Karen’s P.L.A.Y. previews (short) and companion activity adventure list suggestions (long).


A SPECIAL WEATHER MOMENT

The short and long of it is we are experiencing a rare ICE storm in my neck of the woods in WMass so I have a very brief window of opportunity to send today’s blog post to you.

Our local trusted weather forecaster has labeled this as rare so I’m thinking perhaps it is almost, although not quite, as rare as meatballs dropping from the sky!

So today’s BOOK LOOK moment is in a different format and is quite simply for you to discover the wonders of Judi Barrett’s story.

Then fire up your imagination to see what kinds of things just may fall out of the sky the next time you watch the clouds roll by!

How many P.L.A.Y. adventures can you and your family come up with to match those “meatball moments”?

Sending Smiles,

Karen 🙂

Beaver BOOK LOOK 6 (+videos): The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST – 

Video 11 (here)

 See “before” footage of this quaking aspen near the beaver canal.

 Video 12 (here)

 See “after” footage of what Paddy the Beaver has been up to!

Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Beaver BOOK LOOK 5 (+videos): The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST – 

Video 9 (here)

 See how the recent storm with rain, sleet, and snow has impacted the beaver canal.

 Video 10 (here)

 See a close-up inspection of the beaver dam and rising water levels.

 

Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Beaver BOOK LOOK 4 (+videos): The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST – 

Video 7 <here>

 Hear an update looking above and in the beaver canal.

Video 8 <here>

 Still harvesting beaver food – see the wood chips and teeth marks up close!

 

Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 

Compliment your purchase of this P.L.A.Y. guide with these other great beaver reads found at your local library.

At Home with the Beaver: The Story of a Keystone Species

by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent + photographed by Michael Runtz

This short and sweet book gives a nice look into beaver life and prepares you to then request at your local library a copy of Michael Runtz’s 400 page coffee table book of amazing beaver photographs.

BARK: A Field Guide to Trees of the Northeast

by Michael Wojtech

This helpful guide will show you and your family how to distinguish the textures, shapes, and colors of bark to then recognize various tree species throughout New England including the ones Paddy the Beaver used to build his dam and fill his food storage.

Excellent guide book especially for when the leaves are down and you are looking for answers in the middle of winter!


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides <HERE>.

Beaver BOOK LOOK 3 (+videos): The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST – 

Video 5 (here)

See the 3 new trees Paddy gnawed off and help count the grand total … so far!

Video 6 (here)

Review the trees being taken and how they get into the beaver canal for transport. 

 

Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for many more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 

Compliment your purchase of this P.L.A.Y. guide with these other great beaver reads found at your local library.

Build, Beaver, Build! Life at the Longest Beaver Dam

by Sandra Markle and Illustrations by Deborah Hocking

This is an enjoyable story told through the eyes and experience of a new beaver kit as they help their parents maintain one of the longest beaver dams. Super sweet illustrations accompany this adorable and true to life story of how beaver family’s spend their days.

Poppy & Rye

by AVI

Just for fun try this twist on a beaver tale in this fictional chapter story book with two beloved mouse characters, Poppy & Rye, from the Dimwood Forest Chronicles, who encounter a family of beavers led by Mr. Caster B. Canad, and all the challenges they encounter trying to share the brook and forest.


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Beaver BOOK LOOK 2 (+videos): The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch on PINTEREST   

Video 3 (here)

See the water channel behind this dam that Paddy has made for storing his food sticks for the winter.

Paddy built a small dam at the end of the beaver channel to raise the water level up to harvest and store aspen tree branches.

Video 4 (here)

Trees gnawed by Paddy into the water and winter food storage.

Beaver channel near the river with a small dam in the background and gnawed quaking aspen trees in the foreground.

Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for many more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more

 

  Compliment your purchase of this P.L.A.Y. guide with these other great beaver reads found at your local library.

A Beaver Tale: The Castors of Conners Creek

Written and Illustrated by Gerald Wykes

 A fun and true story about a beaver family returning to the Detroit River after beavers being absent in the area for over 150 years.

Full color illustrations and elementary age readability.

Lily Pond: Four Years with a Family of Beavers

by Hope Ryden

Hope Ryden stands on the shoulders of giants like Dorothy Richards and continues the study of beavers in their habitat by observing beavers at Lily Pond in Harriman State Park in New York for four years through all seasons.

This book takes up where Dorothy’s book leaves off in terms of discovering more behaviors and reasons why beavers are so important to our ecosystems.

Independent reader recommended.

Note: There is also a black & white picture book that is simply a shorter version of this chapter book.


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

Beaver BOOK LOOK 1 (+videos) : The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated) by Karen L. Willard


Join this P.L.A.Y. story adventure by purchasing HERE!


The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Annotated):

A P.L.A.Y. Nature Story Activity Book

by Karen L. Willard

Learn all about amazing beaver behaviors in this P.L.A.Y.-filled nature story activity book based on the Thornton Burgess animal adventure series.


Bonus P.L.A.Y. Beaver VIDEO Series

– Watch these on PINTEREST  

Video 1 (click here)

From Chapter 15 see Old Man Coyote’s footprint in the mud near Paddy’s home.

Coyote footprint in the mud by the river’s edge.

Video 2 (click here)

Quaking Aspen trees, Paddy’s favorite food, going – going – gone just like in Chapter 14!

Quaking Aspen still standing near the river’s edge . . . for now.

Visit these P.L.A.Y. video pins on PINTEREST to see updates of actual local beaver activity similar to Paddy’s adventures and stay tuned for many more in this series.


This P.L.A.Y. guide book provides hours of entertainment as a read aloud to share with the whole family, a community group, in a classroom, or to simply curl up with solo.

The BONUS P.L.A.Y. guide pages include opportunities to:

  • illustrate each chapter
  • photos shared of real beaver activity
  • tree themed and blank nature journaling pages
  • recommended resources and so much more


  Compliment your purchase of this P.L.A.Y. guide with these other great beaver reads found at your local library.

Beaver Kits by Ruth Owen

This is a sweet and simple full color photo introduction book to all the basics about beavers.

Find out what beavers eat, where they live, and what they like to build.

Written with the young reader in mind and a part of the Wild Baby Animals series.

Beaversprite: My Years Building an Animal Sanctuary

by Dorothy Richards

This book was published in 1977 to share Dorothy’s 40+ years of experience raising beavers at her home to help restore the near extinct population of beavers in the state of New York.

Dorothy does a wonderful job of retelling of her adventures, especially through the eyes of someone who became a life learner and advocate of the beavers having had no experience with these animals prior to receiving her first pair in the 1930’s.

This book is highly recommended and is appropriate for an independent reader or to share sections as a read aloud for the whole family.


Join the P.L.A.Y. adventures and share them with family and friends!

Purchase your P.L.A.Y. nature story books and adventure guides HERE.

BOOK LOOK – Red Sled by Lita Judge


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Here’s to celebrating the 1st big snow storm of the year that dropped a whopping 20+ inches of fluffy white sledding stuff on WMass!

Time to P.L.A.Y. – Snow Day!

Then curl up with some cocoa, mini-marshmallows, and this sweet book.

Red Sled

by Lita Judge


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

A “Scrinch, Scrunch, scrinch, scrunch,” Surprise in the Snow with a Sled – Sweeeeeeeeeet!!!

Winter Wonders & Animals in Action

Childhood Charm

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: Sledding is P.L.A.Y.  for ALL AGES, big hill and little hills, will add some “weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee” time into your life!
  • Super Challenge: While you are out there make some tracks and create designs, or mazes, or fanciful artwork to simply enjoy or take a snapshot to share your P.L.A.Y.-filled day.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Write your own sled adventure and answer the question “Who would you like to see out your window to go sledding with?”
  • Super Spectacular Challenge: Create a friends and family event to be out in the snow under the full moon with thermoses of hot cocoa and marshmallows too!
  • Super-Duper-Spectacular Challenge: Can you spot any “smooth sled like” tracks near your home in the woods or at the local nature sanctuary? Who made these sled-like tracks? Are they near a brook, stream, or water source? What did they make this track with? Hint: Perhaps it was a Castor Canadensis that did! * See The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (here) to learn more.

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library! ❤ ❤ ❤


 

BOOK LOOK – Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman


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Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature

by Joyce Sidman

(click on book cover to purchase)


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Special Spiral Shape Seen thru the Seasons

Nature Noticing

Beautiful Block Print Style Scenes

 

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: As you go through the seasons can you find some of Joyce’s spiral treasures out in nature?
  • Super Challenge: Draw spirals in the sand or snow – with a finger or stick – large and unfurling or tight and curling!
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Select another shape and keep a nature journal to record your findings and discoveries over one season (or even an entire year!).

Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

Click on the book cover above to purchase & support P.L.A.Y. ❤ ❤ ❤

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BOOK LOOK – Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf


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Sophie’s Squash

by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf


Karen’s short + long of it with P.L.A.Y.ful story preview & P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions.


P.L.A.Y.ful story preview (short):

Farmer’s Market Friend

Sophie’s Right Size Squash

Friends For Life – Growing a Friendship Garden

U-Be-U

P.L.A.Y.-filled activity adventure suggestions (long):

  • Challenge: If you were to make friends with a fruit/vegetable/flower/plant in the garden or at a farmer’s market what would it be? What would you name it?
  • Super Challenge: Set up a picnic or serve tea near to your new garden friend and talk about all the amazing adventures you will have once the fruit/vegetable/flower/plant is full grown.
  • Super-Duper Challenge: Sometimes P.L.A.Y. requires patience like saving seeds from this year’s garden friend to plant more next year. If you’d like to try Sophie’s choice and have a butternut squash to plant in the spring to watch new “friends” grow try this: Wash the seeds to remove the sticky parts and lay them out in a single layer to let air dry for up to a week (do not dry in direct sunlight). Place in labeled envelopes for spring/summer gardening adventures.

*Special Shout going out to Emma S. who is a Super butternut Squash grower and lover of Squash the whole year through! Hugs & Smiles~KLW


Capkins LOVE to be read to – especially playful nature themed story books!

  Be sure to visit and support your local library = All Good! ❤ ❤ ❤