If you were looking for a great project for your kids and you are longing for them to read more, I've found the perfect project. Meet author Cat Michaels and share her heartfelt story, Finding Fuzzy, which is about a family vacationing on the beach. Readers will use all five senses as they flip through the pages and learn about what creatures live on the beach, its smells, unique sounds and the beauty that surrounds it. The author asks readers to do something very special with the ending the story.
Young readers who have surpassed the need for traditional picture books and are ready for the challenge a chapter book provides will enjoy a story that incorporates all five senses. Kids will enjoy learning all about the beach and the creatures that thrive there. The simple sentence structure makes readers feel as thought they are right there with the main characters, feeling the warmth of the summer sun, the taste of the salty water and smell of summer cookouts. At the end of the story the main character is presented with a difficult choice. The choice is about making a decision to give up ones favorite toy or not. Either choice will indicate whether or not the character will let go and grow up or hold on to her childhood a little bit longer. But, the character doesn't have to make her choice alone.
Readers are asked to finish the story for the character. What this idea will do for young readers and aspiring writers is cause them to acquire brainstorming and critical thinking techniques. The author also encourages these young writers to post their writing and story solution to her site at www.catmichaelswriter.com. This is a great project for any classroom or home. Get your kids reading, writing, and learning while having fun.
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