Witch, Cat, Scarecrow, and other scary creatures and animals are all invited to a party
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Use the beautiful illustrations to help children understand the power of imagination, the nature of imaginary fears and the control that even the youngest child can exercise over that part of the mind. Explore the difference between reality and imagination by emphasizing how different the ending of this book is compared to what we may have been imagining as we read. Notice that reality and the author's imagination are juxtaposed in several illustrations. For example, the baboon lovingly playing with its baby is positioned on the edge of the huge, fearsome baboon face which takes up most of the two pages.
Just for fun in the first reading: "Can you guess who Owl might want to invite?" - cover the last word on the page if the child is reading print. For a child who is beginning to identify print, don't cover the word, but make a big deal that they're trying to read instead of guessing: "Hey! You read that. Come on, now, cut it out! I'm going to have to cover the word..." Then the child begs you to remove your hand and promises not to read, but is all the while sneaking peaks at the word. This kind of play is the best and most effective way for children to develop lifelong reading skills.
The predictable pattern and rhythm of the text combined with the find and relevance of the story line make this book an ideal reading development tool, inviting participation from children as young as three and promising success for beginning readers.
Use the last page to play games: Observation and Memory: "Can you remember who Pirate wants to invite?" Math (order numbers): "Who is first, second, third in line on the last page." "Is that their order in the book?" Also, "Who is next?" "Who is before Unicorn?" "Who is after Shark?" "Who is last?"
Encourage children to observe the rich detail in Pat Ludlow's art work. They will notice the veins, the warts, the broken teeth, the cobwebs and bugs in the witch's hair. They'll want to touch the points of Cat's fangs and claws to 'feel' how sharp they are! Just look at Shark's teeth. What kind of shark is that? Are his teeth like that in real life? (go to the encyclopedias, next time you're in the library)
Play a game with children of inventing their own riddle story using the pattern of the text: 'Clown, clown, come and play.' - 'Thank you, I will, if you invite Magician.' - 'Magician, Magician, come and play.' - 'Thank you, I will, if you invite Juggler.'...Children can create their own riddle book. Don't forget to give it a surprise ending!Review:
"Witch, Witch, a participation book in the mode of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, lets all students, readers and non-readers, interact with the teacher in the "reading" of the story." -- National Educational Association Magazine
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Book Description Child's Play International, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110859537803
Book Description Child's Play International, 1991. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0859537803