Friday, July 19, 2013

Summer Reading - Peck, Peck, Peck

What do you think a little woodpecker would do when it discovers how much it absolutely loves, loves, loves, loves, loves, LOVES to peck? Well, read this book with your grandchildren about Little Woodpecker and you'll discover how once he starts to peck, he just can't stop!

Peck, Peck, Peck
By - Lucy Cousins
Publisher - Candlewick Press
Ages - 2-5

Favorite Features -
  • Colorful illustrations
  • Simple story
  • "Holes" in the book add to the fun!
  • Fun early reader book due to all the repetition in the text
  • Story gives you the opportunity to talk with your grandchildren about the things they are good at and to encourage them to do those things!
In this fun story, daddy woodpecker tells his little woodpecker, "It's time you learned to peck a tree." So, daddy takes his little one to a tree and teaches him how to peck. When little woodpecker turns out to be able to peck "superb" holes, daddy tells him to "practice hard and have some fun." Now this may have been good advice, if Little Woodpecker had stayed in the woods and pecked on trees, but he finds a blue door - which he pecked on, and then flew inside to, "peck some more."

Inside the house he pecks a hat, mat, tennis racket, jacket, a picture of Aunt Geraldine, teddy bear, clothes, soap, shampoo, sink, the toilet, too, seventeen jelly beans and on and on he pecks and pecks and pecks and pecks. He, "pecks, pecks, pecks, pecks, pecks, pecks, pecks, until there's nothing left to peck!" When he ends up tired and dizzy he returns to his nest to find his dad and have a rest. He tells his dad he absolutely loves to peck!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the end of this book where daddy woodpecker tucks his little bird into the nest and tells him, "I love you. I love, love, love, love LOVE you."

Peck, Peck, Peck is a fun book to read with your young grandchildren! Have them identify all the things Little Woodpecker pecks - be sure to count the jelly beans . . . and maybe even all the holes in the book! (I found 109!)

While you are busy counting holes, talk with your grandchildren about the "superb" things God created them to be able to do and then find an opportunity for them to do some of those things! Enjoy! :-)

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