Author: Gail Bird Groth with Shari Robertson (current ASHA president)
Note: All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to Breast Cancer Awareness since, unfortunately, Gail (Shari’s dear cousin) did not survived this dreadful disease.
Suggested age range(s): 2 through 8
How it builds vocabulary:
This is a wonderful story for teaching the vocabulary associated with the four seasons. The three characters in this beautifully illustrated book are the real-life children of Gail Groth. Their adventures in a wood owned by the Groth family since 1852, depict typical seasonal activities enjoyed by children fortunate to have such an enchanting place to explore throughout the year. The children eat wild strawberries in the summer, kick crunchy piles of leaves in the fall, ice skate on a pond smooth as glass in the winter and collect sticky maple sap in the spring.
Connection to print:
I have two granddaughters that live in Florida, and though they enjoy many outdoor activities that this climate provides, they do not experience the change of seasons described within the pages of this book. By reading to them and explaining how the weather and the surroundings in other parts of the country differ throughout the year, I hope I’m helping to build the background knowledge that will enable them to more thoroughly enjoy and comprehend reading materials set in more northern states and countries.
Gaining background or world knowledge is one of the most important gifts we give when we read aloud. Without this information, it is difficult or sometimes impossible for the reader to visualize and further comprehend the action of the text. The setting and climate are an integral part of the plot and of the understanding of the story grammar. For example, an approaching ice storm may play the part of a “villain.”
Kathleen T. Williams, PhD