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Nighttime Activities With the Citizens of Bustletown in Textless Picture Book for Little Readers

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 in the Town of Bustletown At Night

A lot of fun can be had in Bustletown at night

A lot of fun can be had in Bustletown at night

What Do the People of Bustletown Do At Night?

Rotraut Susanne Berner's All Around Bustletown Nighttime is another in the series of picture books without text with the people of the town of Bustletown and their activities. What do they do at nighttime?

Night has come to Bustletown and you can see all of the things that people are doing. Some are already in bed. Mom is putting the baby to bed. Someone is reading in bed. Dad is checking on his son who is camping in the backyard. Some people are taking a walk or taking a ride on their bike. The neighborhood cats are roaming around in the cool night air. The cafe in the park is still a busy place at a late hour of night. there is also a full moon.

Children might like to play a game that is similar to "Where's Waldo" as they turn the pages to see what all of the people are doing in the town of Bustletown at night. Parents can suggest an activity to find that the people are engaged in. How many bike readers can you find? Can you find the police officer in his patrol car?

Illustrations are done in colors suggestive of night. The characters have interesting facial expressions. Stores and shops in the town are illustrated with items to purchase. The village of Bustletown is a busy place on a summer night. The police even catch a burgler!

All Around Bustletown Nighttime was published by Prestel Publishing of London, a division of Penguin/Random House. It is recommended for ages 3-8 and has an ISBN of 978-3-7913-7490-1

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Bring Bustletown Into Your Early Childhood Classroom for Teaching Observation Skills

Rotraut Susanne Berner's All Around Bustletown Nighttime is a perfect choice of a picture book for young learners to practice observation skills that are necessary for early reading skills. The book has no text, which is a perfect setting for children to use their own words to describe what is happening in the illustrations. Language skills such as using descriptive words, using words that describe a location of an object, and the use of action words to describe what someone is doing can all be introduced when children are introduced to the village of Bustletown.

*Ask a variety of questions about things that the people of Bustletown are doing at night. Take each page and engage children in a language activity to describe what people are doing. Teachers can use a variety of language prompts to engage children in describing the activities that they observe each character doing.

*What can be seen in the park? What kinds of animals can be seen at night in Bustletown?

*Take a look inside the shops in Bustletown at night. Engage children in using their observation skills and descriptive words to describe the items that are in each shop.

*Bring a large sheet of writing paper to a circle time class writing activity. Have children dictate their ideas about what they observe on each page. Seeing the teacher write their own words on the paper presents the learning opportunity for children to associate the spoken word with the written word.

*Provide drawing paper, crayons, and markers for children to draw their own ideas about what the people of Bustletown might do at night. Provide the opportunity for children to share their pictures with classmates and use words to describe what is happening in their picture.

*It is summer in Bustletown. Provide the opportunity for children to observe some of the special summer activities that the people of Bustletown are doing at night. Camping, riding bikes, eating at an outdoor cafe, and water activities can all be seen in the illustrations. There is even a summer concert venue in Bustletown.

*Call attention to the characters who are reading throughout the book.

© 2022 Cindy Hewitt

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