Another great book from the Charter Oak Children's Book Award...Nelly May Has Her Say written by Cynthia DeFelice and illustrated by Henry Cole. Nelly May's employer insists that she call common object by the special names he has created. For example, his dog is a "fur-faced fluffenbarker." The kids laughed more with each outrageous name. After hearing the book, they had a chance to make up their own special, fancy words for everyday objects. The kids thought about what an object did, looked like, sounded like, etc., and used those words to come up with a new name for the object.
This week, kindergarten through third grade classes read Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More: Poems for Two Voices by Carole Gerber and Eugene Yeltsin as one of the nominees for the Charter Oak Children's Book Award. One of the highlights was video conferencing with students at Whiting Lane School in West Hartford. Each class took one part of the poem, and then they read it together. The kids read the poem beautifully!