The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick

Kirk Kirkpatrick recently released his first children's book called The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam.  The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam is a sweet story for young readers about a mermaid who goes swimming with her fish friend.  While they are swimming, a grumpy old clam on the ground opens his mouth and snaps it shut on the mermaid's tail.  Oh no... the mermaid is stuck!  How will she get away?  How will her fish friend help her?  Keep reading to learn more about The Mermaid and the Grumpy Clam, how the mermaid gets away from him, and for a simple... yet fun... enrichment activity for your students.

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.

Author Summary

A mermaid and her fish pal are playing, laughing, and swimming under the sea until a grumpy old clam spoils the fun. This is a delightful, cute, and funny story of a mermaid having to deal with an unexpected challenge and shows how just one good friend can help us out in unexpected ways if we just ask.

🍎 Title: The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam
🍎 Author: Kirk Kirkpatrick
🍎 Illustrator: Kirk Kirkpatrick
🍎 Publisher: Kirk Books
🍎 Date: October 12, 2020
🍎 Pages: 30

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.

Reading The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam

Before reading The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam with your students, take a few minutes to preview and talk about the illustrations with them.  Who are the characters in the story?  (the mermaid, the fish, and the clam)  Where does the story take place?  (under the sea, in the ocean)  What problem do they see?  (The grumpy old clam won't let go of the mermaid.)  How do the mermaid and the fish solve the problem?  (The fish tickles the clam and makes him laugh.  When the clam opens his mouth to laugh, the mermaid swims away.)  After you preview The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam, go ahead and read the story.  What did the mermaid learn at the end of the story?  (Grumpy clams need love too!)

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.

Mermaid Enrichment Activity

Mermaids are mythical creatures that have heads and bodies like humans and fishtails below the waist.  Many young children will already know about mermaids from watching movies like The Little Mermaid by Disney, but others will need some background and vocabulary development.   While reading The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam with your students, take some time to talk about the mermaid.  Who is she?  What does she look like?  Can you see the scales on her tail?  What is she doing under the water?  Are mermaids real or imaginary?   How are mermaids and humans the same?  How are they different?

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.

The biggest difference between the two is obviously the mermaid tail.  This mermaid tail activity is easy to set up, colorful, and adaptable to meet a variety of learning objectives.  You will need:
  • one blue piece of felt
  • one mermaid tail cut from felt (any color)
  • A LOT of small pompoms
  • white glue (optional)

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.
(Directions: Choose one color from the pile of pompoms.  What color did you choose?  How many do you have on the mermaid tail?)

The directions are REALLY simple:
  • Lay the blue felt on a flat surface.  This will represent water.
  • Place the mermaid tail on the blue felt.  
  • Decorate the mermaid tail with the pompoms.  These pompoms represent scales on the tail.

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.
(Directions: Create a pattern with the pompoms.  What pattern did you create?)

Optional: If you'd like, you can glue some or all of the pieces together in this activity. You can also leave everything unglued. If you leave everything unglued, your students will be able to do this activity over and over, making new tails each time. This would be ideal if you wanted to make centers for your classroom, busy bags for quiet time, or kits for fine motor reinforcement, etc. Gluing everything together, however, would make for a really nice tactile bulletin board. There a lot of different ways to do this activity. Have fun and have at it.

Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.
(Directions: Count how many pompoms can fit on the mermaid tail.  How many red?  White?  Pink?  Purple?  Blue?)

To learn more about The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick, please visit Kirk Books's website (https://kirkbookspublishing.com/)
Learn about friendship and story elements with The Mermaid and the Grumpy Old Clam by Kirk Kirkpatrick. Includes a fun math center activity.
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1 comment:

  1. I love this can’t wait to get the book and do the project !!! My class loooovea mermaids

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