The story is told by 6-year-old Cora, who visits the beach with her mum and her friend Manny where they discover a Beedog as part of their adventure. They go on to research more information when they get home and have fun sharing their finds.
From an educator’s point of view, there are lots of prompts for further conversation and opportunities to predict what might happen next, as well as the factual information that makes learning fun. For the children, there is some slapstick humour that will have them laughing along with repetitive phrases to join in with. The pictures will be appealing to children with brightly coloured cartoon like illustrations. At the end of the book, there is a fact file and link to the downloadable activity pack.
The pack is brilliant both complimenting and extending the story. It includes 3 activities where children go off and complete, including visiting a given website, searching online for answers and exploring their own environment and recording their finds. Then a further 5 activity sheets with colouring, drawing and quizzes, followed by a whole host of writing prompts. There is a good range of activities suitable for older and younger children within the 4-8 age range.
I think this is a wonderful package for children, parents and teachers to share. My only slight negative is that in one part of the story the children were using loo roll for fun on the beach, and I felt the tidying up after could have been pointed out. But that’s probably the teacher in me. I’m happy to recommend this book.
I’d like to thank Rachel’s Random Resources for having me on the Blog Blitz for Beedog by Abbie Broussard.
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About Addie Broussard:
Addie is an avid traveller, and once went on a solo journey to fifteen countries in one year. When she encounters something unique, she writes about it. Her first published picture book, The Beedog, is about a curious insect that she found in southern Portugal.
Addie began her writing journey when she was just nine years old, with a book called Doggienauts. That book has been updated and is set for publication in 2018. Addie is originally from the United States and is currently a full-time traveller. Home is where her suitcase is.
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