Book We Recommend: Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’ Turnip

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Grandma Lena’s Big Ol’Turnip
by Denia Hester

Grandma Lena believes that something worth doing is worth doing right. So she takes good care of the turnips she plants in her garden. One turnip grows to an enormous size―Baby Pearl thinks it’s a big potato! It is big enough to feed half the town. And it’s so big that Grandma can’t pull it out of the ground! Even when Grandpa, Uncle Izzy, Aunt Netty, and the dog help Grandma yank and tug, the big ol’ turnip doesn’t budge. Still, this African-American family, including Baby Pearl, knows how to pull together.

What Does Our Teacher Say?

“Coming from an African American family, I loved seeing the different personality types in this book. There’s no judgement. We accept that family members are coming around or hanging out, even while Grandma Lena is busy at work. We also see how despite every family member having their own style, everyone pitches in to help Grandma Lena when she asks for help. While I didn’t grow up with a lot of large family gatherings, I recognized all of the characters in the story. That’s wonderful because that means many of our students will also be able to relate to the family dynamics, despite their own ethnicity, race, or nationality.

This book shows our kiddos that hardwork can reap big rewards if we don’t give up.

It also reminds us that family and even the family dog, has your back. This book gets 2 thumbs up.”- Ms. Rae

What Do Our Kids Say?

“The baby’s diaper!” 

Yes, our kiddos loved the illustrations, as much as they loved baby pearls cute outfit. 

Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe

Choreography by Rae

Big Bob, Little Bob

Read Aloud with Rae 4/24: Big Bob, Little Bob by James Howe

By Rae Wilson

Can boys play with dolls? Can girls play with trucks? Should you be friends with someone who is different than you are. We’ll be defining self identity and defining friendships. This Friday’s Read Aloud with Rae invites your young detective to explore James Howe’s Big Bob, Little Bob.

The reading starts at 2pm on Friday 4/24 and runs approximately 25 minutes.

RSVP online to save your kiddos spot. Space is limited. Be sure to try logging on a few minutes early. It is hard to admit friends once the session has started.

All reading sessions are free, but tips are always appreciated.Tips may be sent via Venmo.

Does your child enjoy sharing? Add this book to your home library.

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Preparing for our Read Aloud:

– Play pirates! Anyone can be a pirate and there are a ton of dress up options.

– Print out the free coloring sheet and let your book detective do some coloring before the reading session. Kids will have a chance to show their pictures at the beginning of class.

– Print out the free crossword puzzle. 3rd and 4th graders will get a kick out trying to find the words from today’s story. 

Coloring sheet.

Let’s Play Pretend

After the Reading Session:

– Keep the conversation going! Invite your child to imagine you are both on an adventure.

– Invite your stuffed animals to join you for a healthy snack.

– Draw your family tree. Challenge your child to remember as many families members or friends that they can and draw a tree around all the names.

– Play dress up. Pretend to be the hero in your own story.

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