Saturday, November 14, 2020

Goose Farm Adventure by Kenyetta Obie

About two months ago, I wrote about a children's book called Grow! How We Get Food from Our Garden by Karl Beckstrand.   Grow! was a rhyming book about all of the fruits, vegetables, herbs, and edible flowers we can harvest from our gardens.  Today, I am writing about another children's book about gardening.  This one is called Goose Farm Adventure (affiliate link to Amazon) and was just released this autumn by author Kenyetta Obie.  Like Grow!, Goose Farm Adventures teaches children about the foods that come from the garden.  Whereas Grow! was a rhyming book that played with words and alliteration, Goose Farm Adventure is an alphabet book about a little duck who goes on a visit to his grandparents' house and discovers what they have growing in their backyard.  Both are really good books and can be used together.  Are you curious to learn more about Goose Farm Adventure and how you can use it in your classroom?  Keep reading to find out more!

Learn about story elements, gardening, fruits, and vegetables in this fun alphabet book by Kenyetta Obie.  Early childhood to kindergarten read aloud.

🍎 Author: Kenyetta Obie
🍎 Illustrator: Aljon Inertia
🍎 Publisher: Authentic Endeavors Publishing
🍎 Date: September 29, 2020
🍎 Pages: 56

Story Summary from Amazon

Goose is a happy young boy who is excited to visit his grandparents on the farm and spend quality time! While visiting, Goose gets to help out with picking different fruits and vegetables while learning some fun facts about where a few come from. Grandfather Goose invites Goose to take some fruits and veggies home with him. That gives Goose the BEST IDEA EVER! Hmmmmm… I wonder what it could be? If you want to find out, read what great idea comes to Goose during his farm adventure.

Learn about story elements, gardening, fruits, and vegetables in this fun alphabet book by Kenyetta Obie.  Early childhood to kindergarten read aloud.

About Alphabet Books

Alphabet books are often used in early childhood, preschool, and kindergarten to teach letter recognition, beginning letter sounds, and vocabulary.  There is usually one letter (capital and/or lowercase), one picture, and a single word or phrase on each page.  (For example, A is for Apple.)  Goose Farm Adventure has these features as well, but on a more sophisticated level for young readers.  The big difference between Goose Farm Adventure and traditional alphabet books is that the storyline and vocabulary development in Goose Farm Adventure takes precedence over letter and sound recognition.  It is a good read aloud to help bridge that gap between early reading alphabet books and children's fiction. 

Learn about story elements, gardening, fruits, and vegetables in this fun alphabet book by Kenyetta Obie.  Early childhood to kindergarten read aloud.

Picture-Walk the Story

Goose Farm Adventure is a feel-good book that young children love listening to.  If you are a parent, you can cozy up with your child to read it together or you can gather your students to read it together in your reading nook.  Before reading the book to your students, take a few minutes to picture-walk through the story.  Look at the illustrations together and talk about what you see.  Point out the different fruits and vegetables on each page.  What kinds of fruits and vegetables are they?  What is Goose doing in the illustrations?  Your students will notice the red letters on the text pages right away and will probably point them out without prompting.  What letters are they?  Are your students able to identify them correctly?

Learn about story elements, gardening, fruits, and vegetables in this fun alphabet book by Kenyetta Obie.  Early childhood to kindergarten read aloud.

Reading the Story

When reading Goose Farm Adventure to your students, consider reading it twice.  The first time you read the story with them, you may not be able to read it without interruptions.  The children will see the red letters in the text and want to talk about them... again.  Smile and roll with it... that's just what little kids do!  Whether you reread Goose Farm Adventure the same day or the next, focus on the story part of the book.  Who are the characters?  What are they doing?  Where are they?  Is there a problem in the story?  If so, how was it fixed?

🍎 characters: Goose, Goose's mother, Goose's grandparents, Squirrely Squirrel
🍎 setting: at Goose's house, in the country, in the garden, at the grandparents' house, in the neighborhood
🍎 problems and solutions:  1. Goose and his grandparents were feeling hot.  They ate some ice pops to cool off.  2. Squirrelly Squirrel crashes into everybody and makes a mess.  He apologizes and says he's sorry.

Learn about story elements, gardening, fruits, and vegetables in this fun alphabet book by Kenyetta Obie.  Early childhood to kindergarten read aloud.

Making an Alphabet Book

Most alphabet books feature one letter, a short sentence, and an illustration of an item that starts with that letter.  After reading Goose Farm Adventure, assign each student a letter from the book... or letters if you have a small class.

You will need:

  • construction paper or cardstock
  • crayons, colored, pencils, or markers
  • precut letters (capital and/or lowercase)
  • glue
  • laminator
  • plastic comb bookbinders, binder rings, or something similar (affiliate links)
  • photos of the fruits and vegetables in the story (optional)

Directions:

  1. Pass out the precut letters and construction paper to your students.
  2. Have your students glue their letters to the construction paper.
  3. Have your students draw the fruit or vegetable that goes with their letter.  If your students aren't sure what certain ones look like (dragon fruit and xigua, for example), let them use a photo for reference.
  4. Help your students write sentences about their pictures as needed.
  5. Collect and laminate the students' pages.
  6. Bind the pages into an alphabet book to keep in your classroom library for children to read independently.
Learn about story elements, gardening, fruits, and vegetables in this fun alphabet book by Kenyetta Obie.  Early childhood to kindergarten read aloud.

To learn more about Goose Farm Adventure, please visit Kenyetta Obie's website at Silly Goose Learning.

Learn about story elements, gardening, fruits, and vegetables in this fun alphabet book by Kenyetta Obie.  Early childhood to kindergarten read aloud.

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