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Creativity Combined With Business in Delightful Picture Book From Notable Actress Reese Witherspoon

Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.

Being Busy Attracts Creativity

Being busy can create creativty and team work

Being busy can create creativty and team work

Being Busy With Teamwork and Perseverance Can Bring Creativity

The notable actress Reese Witherspoon has published a delightful picture book and story for ages 3-7 that highlights the concept of being busy in order to create something that can help others. Busy Betty is perfect for young readers who love to be busy everyday with activities that they enjoy.

Busy Betty has a problem to be solved and she realizes that she must get about the business of solving it. She is in a hurry, but Mom and Dad remind her that she must slow down in order to be successful. Her dog Frank has presented a problem with being stinky and Betty's friend is coming over. She cannot have her dog smelling so bad when company is coming. She needs a bathtub. She needs soap. She also needs treats to entice Frank into the tub to get his bath. The adventure of giving Frank his bath before Mae arrives creates havoc for Busy Betty. Teamwork and a great idea to help all of the dogs in the neighborhood is the end product of Betty's love of being busy.

Xindi Yan contributed her talents as an illustrator for Busy Betty. The large and colorful illustrations are hilarious in telling the story of Betty's adventure in being busy. Witherspoon wrote in simple text and large print for easy reading. Several pages offer the opportunity for dramatic reading with super-large and colorful printed words. Witherspoon brought her love of dogs and creating a business into the story. She wants young readers to grasp the concept of creating a business and being entrepreneurs.

Busy Betty was published by Flamingo Books, a division of Penguin/Random House and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-46588-2. It is recommended for ages 3-7.

Colorful Large and Hilarious Illustrations Tell Betty's Story

Busy Betty loves being busy everyday

Busy Betty loves being busy everyday

teamwork and being busy creates fun

teamwork and being busy creates fun

Frank needs a bath

Frank needs a bath

Everyone puts in their ideas for the project

Everyone puts in their ideas for the project

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The busy activity resulted in something wonderful

The busy activity resulted in something wonderful

Bring Busy Betty Into the Classroom

Reese Witherspoon's Busy Betty is a fun read to bring into your early classroom for enhanced learning activities after reading in a story time session. Witherspoon brings her love of dogs and entrepreneurship into this delightful and hilarious picture book and story for young readers.

*Read Busy Betty in a story time session. Call attention to the fact that Betty love being busy. Engage children in a discussion to contribute their ideas of how they like to be busy. Create a class writing activity for teachers to write the children's ideas on chart paper and read the ideas. This activity creates the opportunity for young writers and readers to associate their words with both writing and reading.

*What is the problem that Betty's dog creates? Take a class poll of how many children have given their dog a bath. Engage the children in a discussion of everything that is needed to give Frank a bath.

*What is the treat that Frank likes? Bring in a bowl of popcorn to share while reading.

*Call attention to the enlarged and colorful printed words throughout the book. Engage the children in a a dramatic reading using these words when encountered. This creates a language and reading activity that allows children to associate loud and excited reading when large print is featured in a book.

*Use the dramatic play center in your early childhood classroom to offer the opportunity for young readers to depict the story in their playtime. Add all of the props from the story to your dramatic play area for children to enact the story.

*Busy Betty created a business for herself and her friends. Engage children in a discussion of what kind of business they would like to create. Add props to your dramatic play center for children to set up a business.


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© 2022 Cindy Hewitt

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