Monday, October 12, 2009

Book Review: Little Walrus Warning and the Smithsonian Oceanic Collection

I've been going through my old blog and moving some things over from it. I haven't taken the time to finish anything new that I can share for the Carnival of Homeschooling this week. I wanted to do something, so I snagged this from a post I made with Bethany last January on the old blog. I thought someone could perhaps benefit from it.

When I originally posted this, the children were really enjoying several of the Smithsonian Oceanic Collection books, which come with a quality audio recording. They still like them. The first one they ever listened to was Octopus' Den, which some of them largely memorized because they liked it so much! They are factual books about ocean animal life, but are written in an interesting story form. I consider them "living books." They also have very nice illustrations. Okay, here's the excerpt from the old post (apologies to readers who've read this before):

I asked Bethany what she would want to say in a post about what she's been doing lately, and of course she had no trouble at all thinking of something. Here's what she came up with:

"Little Walrus Warning is one of my favorite books. Peter and Zion like it, too. It is a very funny book. It is about a mother walrus and her baby walrus traveling. There are many other walruses traveling, too, and when they are on an ice chunk, the walruses are so heavy that -- WHOOOSH! The ice chunk tips on its side, and there they go, all into the sea!"

Here is Bethany with the book:

So there you have it. And this counts for schoolwork! Two birds with one stone. Maybe we should do this more often.

"Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths; fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl; kings of the earth and all peoples; princes and all judges of the earth; both young men and maidens; old men and children. Let them praise the name of the LORD, for His name alone is exalted; His glory is above the earth and heaven." Psalm 148:7-13

I want to add a few notes: Carol Young is the author of Little Walrus Warning. And, I never did do another post like that! Why not?! And, Bethany has grown so much since then!

Also, I'm posting a link here to the original post for my own reference.

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