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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Storytime + Crafting: Chu's Day by Neil Gaiman

Book: Chu's Day
Author: Neil Gaiman
Illustrator: Adam Rex
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pub. Date: 01/08/2013
ISBN: 9780062017819
Pages: 32
Rec. Age Level: 4-8
Rec. Grade Level: P-3
Themes/Lessons: Small actions can have big consequences, Sneezing etiquette

In Chu's Day, bad things happen every time Chu sneezes. Throughout the story, Chu will build up to a sneeze, then stop at the last moment.  I love this book for storytime because it lends itself well to interaction and discussion. The text is fairly minimal, but the illustrations are rich and detailed, plus guessing whether or not Chu will sneeze kept listeners engaged. We had fun discussing the small details that foreshadow Chu's real sneeze and reactions from other characters within the illustrations. After the story, we discussed proper sneezing etiquette - something Chu doesn't practice - and tried it out for ourselves. The shorter length of this pick leaves plenty of time for our more time intensive craft: making googles just like Chu's!

This goggle craft is fairly simple, but it can be time consuming depending on how able the kids are. As is, I'd recommend at least preschool aged, but you might be able to rework the activity for younger kids if necessary.

The goggle template found here is very straightforward and easy to use. The only item you might struggle to find is the colored cellophane, but I was able to track down a variety of colors at my local Michael's. I now have an entire roll of purple cellophane, but I'm sure I can incorporate it into another craft. With a bit of guidance, the kids were able to cut out the goggles themselves, even the inner part of the goggle where the "lens" was affixed. In an effort to keep sticky glue out of hair, we used tape to attach the strap portion of the goggles, which worked well and made adjusting a cinch.


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