The Little Book Adventure: A round-up of Project #3 responses + a winner

I knew Project #3 was going to be a ‘prickly’ challenge for many parents due to its encouragement of screen-time. However, I also knew from my own personal experience that this type of comparative exercise can be great for children’s comprehension, their ability to compare and contrast and in helping children develop higher order thinking skills such as analysis and evaluation.

Our participation numbers were lower than with other projects but the comments and responses made about the project really brought a smile to my face. It seems the children (and parents) not only loved the project, but parents were blown away by their children’s thoughts and discussions.

Here are a few snippets from some of my favourite responses:

‘While we had fun doing craft activities around the story I think the most rewarding part of this project was the conversation I had with my four year old son about the book and movie. It gave me a real insight into how he understands the concepts covered in the story and also his observation skills too.’ ~ Melissa

‘She watched with the book on her lap, turning the page when the scene changed. She was a bit confused by the ‘extra’ scene in the film where the animals realised they have been tricked, but this gave us something to discuss afterwards. She loved both the traditional and spineless book and asked to repeat the whole exercise! We’ve got The Gruffalo’s Child all ready to go next..!’ ~ Kirsty

‘My class has made their own spineless book! We read Pied Piper then I organised a play for them, including a dance number, which we have filmed to make a ‘movie’. They LOVED it! They are asking me already what the next competition is in hope they can do another dance or play!!!’ ~ Jennifer

‘Then when we read the book again he noticed that there is no scene in the movie with the boy in his bath………..It was a lovely experience undertaking this challenge – it prompted a whole new level of discussion and comparison about books and films.’~ Jodie

‘My daughter loved watching it and kept pointing out the characters and things they were saying and laughing.’ ~Melissa

‘After reading the story book together, we had fun planning a movie night to see the theatrical version. We created movie tickets, popcorn boxes and even a ‘Now Showing’ poster! Both kids were so excited by it all and even insisted that Daddy join us – movie ticket, popcorn box and all – which he happily did.

The kids were both enthralled by the movie, and I was very pleased at how true to the story it was. My daughter even recited lines from the story book during the movie… “Silly old Owl! Doesn’t he know? There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo!”’ ~ Catherine

‘She will sit and point and “talk” to me about what is going on, on the TV and with a book will sit and point at the pages.’ ~Cerys

‘I think reading the book first then watching the movie encouraged imagination, and then going back to the book after the movie clarified some things and made keeping up with the longer book easier.’ ~Liz

‘He loves reading ‘Dear Zoo’ at the moment. I found on You Tube a wonderful version of this story. We will definitely be watching a few more.’ ~Carolyn

‘It has been wonderful to ‘study’ the two with T and think about different aspects. Something we may not have normally done.’~ Peta

‘Then when we read the book again he noticed that there is no scene in the movie with the boy in his bath………..It was a lovely experience undertaking this challenge – it prompted a whole new level of discussion and comparison about books and films.’~ Jodie

‘We also did a little puppet act just the two of us with Little Red Riding Hood, Humpty Dumpty, Grandma and a Crocodile.’ ~Leanne

‘I took my 5 year old and 2 year old to Peter Rabbit the stage show. We have listened to audio recordings, watched you tube clips, put on a puppet show ourselves and read the books. A rabbit is now on the (very early) Christmas list.’ ~Megan

‘This project is such a great activity to keep on doing as it is useful in engaging reluctant readers/listeners!’ ~ Natalie

‘We were very reluctant to introduce the movie to our 5 (now 6)yo Munchkin. He just received the DVD for his birthday and sat down with his Dad to watch. (I haven’t seen it yet!) We knew the story was very different, so we weren’t sure how he’d react. He loved it, but his first comment said it all – there was no “Dogsbreath the Duhbrain” in the movie! Seemed he coped just fine!’ ~Cath

‘As I revealed the wonderful drawings that make up this wonderful story, the students stared in wonder at the images and a lot of discussion happens during and after storytime. We are unable to watch the whole movie so I am showing them little snippets that highlight parts of the story. They are loving it!’~ Jo

PROJECT # 4 WINNER:

Thanks everyone for taking part. The randomly selected winner of this divine Spineless Classics print donated by Bright Buttons Toys is: Leanne Mayor


The Little Book Adventure: A round-up of Project #3 responses + a winner

2

  1. A big congrats to Leanne! Another great project Jackie and we are now busy working on number 4.

  2. Congratulation Leanne! :)

Leave a Reply