Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
How Long Is Brian?
Measurement With Brian the Weiner Dog
Rob Jones' Where's Brian's Bottom is a creative board book to introduce your youngest readers and home-schooled preschoolers to the math skill of measurement. Young children will be engaged in opening the book with its fold-out pages to discover Brian's bottom. How long is Brian?
Brian, the very long weiner dog, is first featured on the first page as just half of his body with no tail in sight. Open the next page to see if Brian's bottom is in the hallway. Is it in the living room? Flip the page to see if Brian's bottom is in the kitchen. Brian gets longer as the pages are flipped. Rubber Ducky says that Brian's bottom is not in the bathroom or the tub or toilet. Where can Brian's bottom be? Each flip brings a longer and longer view of Brian. Young children will be surprised to find out where Brian's bottom is.
Bright colors enhance this creative board book. The primary colors of red, yellow, and blue are familiar to preschoolers. Brian is joined by other characters that are looking for his bottom. Pauline the parrot, Alan the little mouse, and Derek the duck are all helping to discover where Brian's bottom is hiding.
Introduce the vocabulary word "long" to your young children. Read along to find out how long Brian is.
Where's Brian's Bottom was published by Pavilion Books Company and is recommended for ages 3-6. It has an ISBN of 9781843654667.
Brightly Colored Illustrations With Primary Colors Show How Long Brian Is
Introduce Measuring Tools While Reading
Early childhood education is again at the forefront of the news. Our 3 and 4-year-olds should be introduced to simple skills even if they are home-schooled. Picture books are the best tool to introduce your youngest learner to the basic skills. I used picture books in my early childhood classrooms for all subjects. Rob Jones' Where's Brian's Bottom is a fun read to introduce the skill of measurement. How long is Brian?
Introduce the use of a traditional tape measure and a ruler to measure length while turning the pages to find Brian's bottom. Brian gets longer as each page is opened. Use the tape measure and ruler to measure each picture of Brian. You can use an erasable marker to mark the numbers on the tape measure as you measure Brian on each page. Young children will notice that the marks move furthur down the tape measure as Brian gets longer. This is the beginning of an understanding of length.
Use the tape measure and ruler to measure other illustrations in the book. Call attention to the smallest pictures.
Make a collection of items that are found in the book. Provide a sock, an egg carton, and a bath toy. Use the tape measure and ruler to measure these items.
Go on a treasure hunt in your home after discovering the length of Brian. Provide the opportunity for young children to use the tape measure and ruler to measure items of their choice. My young students in my own early childhood classroom always enjoyed this particular activity. They would be engaged for hours when they were engaged in a treasure hunt to find objects to measure.
Use your blocks to create more measuring activities. Allow children to build both tall block towers and long block towers. Use the tape measure and ruler to measure both tall block towers and long block towers.
Fold out the entire book at the end of the story. How long is the book? Where did your readers discover Brian's bottom to be?
Bring other books from your child's book collection to measure. Which books are the longest? Which books are the shortest? Introduce the vocabulary words "long" and "short" for comparison.
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