Don’t forget! Winter’s a good time for Feeding Friendsies

December 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm Leave a comment

Feeding Friendsies written and illustrated by Suzanne Bloom; published by Boyds Mills Press, Honesdale, Pennsylvania; 2011.

Five friends are planning a grand feast with puddle soup and mud pies.  But will they eat all they’ve made?  “Oh no, no, no.”  They are feeding their friendsies: birds, worms, frogs and a few stuffed animals.  When Nana calls them back insides, they wash their hands and sit down to their own “sticky bits, crunchy munchies and pink drinks.”  Feeding all their friendsies made these pals hungry, too!

I love so many things about this book.  First, I love the depth and detail in Bloom’s gouache and colored pencil illustrations.  They felt so full of summer and sunshine.  So, even though the flurries flew here today, I decided this would be a great book for a winter story time.  Why?  Because around here, our friendsies outside could use a snack or sip of unfrozen water to get through the cold weather.

That leads me to the second reason I love this book.  These pals created unusual snacks, drinks and habitats.  All are great ideas for crafting with kids.  And winter’s a great time to work on these crafts, especially when a bit of cabin fever sets in and the critters outside need a helping hand.  I recommend gathering dryer lint and placing it outside to help pad nests and burrows.  Around Christmastime, my family creates “ornaments” to decorate the outdoors but which also help the animals.  We use pipe cleaners (“knotted” at one end) to string oat cereal “Os” (like Cheerios) and hang from bushes and branches (This is a great fine motor skill activity, by the way).  We peel apples then put them on wooden skewers and place them in snow banks and hang them in trees or bushes.  Of course, there’s the old pine cone covered in peanut butter and rolled in small seeds to hang outside.  We’ve even strung popcorn and wrapped a small pine tree in the yard–but that took a loooooonnnnnnnnngggggg time to string.  Instead, I might even buy generic oat cereal and string that instead.

Last but not least, I love this book because it’s a terrific read-together read-aloud.  The kids will chime in with the “Oh no, no, no”s without prompting and that should be encouraged.  Predicting who will enjoy each concoction will be an easy way to engage listeners too.

This book’s definitely going on my list of future story time resources! 🙂


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