Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Fun Read for Young Readers Who Love Their Grandmas
Grandmas Always Bring Fun When They Visit
Lisa Tawn Bergren's Nana The Great Comes to Visit is a delightful picture and story for young children who love their grandmas. Grandmas always bring fun when they visit and this Nana has lots of ideas for activities when she arrives. Nana knows how to make a fort and Mama is not pleased with the mess she makes. Tomatoes are not always a favorite food and Nana makes them taste better by adding sugar. Nana knows how to make toenails shine with bright colored polish. Mom thinks that maybe Nana has gone too far with the polish. Nana even allows the kids to make their own choices with clothes each day. Nana even encourages persistance in learning how to be a better player when playing checkers. Bubble baths, reading stories in bed, and even learning to pray are all part of Nana's visit. The kids can't wait for her next visit when Nana is ready to say goodby.
David Hohn contributed his talents as an illustrator with colorful and detailed illustrations for Nana The Great Comes to Visit. The engaging illutrations help tell the story of all of the adventures that Nana's visit brings.
Nana The Great Comes to Visit was published by Waterbrook, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 4-9 and has an ISBN of 978-0-593-23288-0.
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Colorful and Engaging Illustrations Depict Nana's Ideas for Fun
Bring Nana the Great Into the Classroom for Engaging Reading and Writing Activities
Picture books were always my go-to-tool in my classrooms when I wanted to introduce a subject or concept to my students. Learning about families is always a part of the curriculum in early childhood classrooms. Grandmas play an important part in the lives of children. Lisa Tawn Bergren's Nana The Great Comes to Visit is a great choice for a story time session teachers are planning activities for learning about families. Creative teachers can enhance the reading of this charming story and picture book with both reading and writing activities for students.
*Read Nana The Great Comes to Visit in a story time session. Call attention to the fact that Grandma is visiting. Take a class poll of students who have grandmas that come to visit.
*Engage children in a discussion of the kinds of fun activities that they have with their own grandmas.
*Provide drawing paper, markers, and crayons for children to draw an activity that they participate in with their grandma.
*Engage children in a discussion of their favorite activity that Nana participates in with the children from the story. Have they had this experience with their own grandma?
*Enage children in a discussion of how Nana looks. This Nana is portrayed as a very cool grandma. Do the students think that their own grandma is a cool grandma?
*Encourage children to draw a portrait of their grandma.
*Assign a creative writing activity for students who are able to write. Have students write about a time when their grandma visited. What did they do with their grandma during the visit?
*Provide a dramatic play area. Provide dress-up clothes for children to dress up as their grandma and engage in a dramatic play scenario when their grandma comes to visit.
*Nana sometimes sneaks dessert before dinner in the story. Provide a classroom-friendly dessert for children to eat while reading the story.
*Nana uses the word "glorious" to describe how her granddaughter looks when she allows her to try on all of her makeup. Introduce the vocabulary word "glorious" for students to learn the meaning.
Get to Know the Author and Illustrator With Their Books That Have Christian Themes
Lisa Tawn Bergren is a bestselling author of children's books, books for the YA audience, and fiction for women. Parents will find her books in her series God Gave Us Children to be of interest.
David Hohn is a talented illustrator who has provided illustrations for several books such as God Gave Us the Bible, God Gave Us Prayer,and God Gave Us Thankful Hearts.
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