A great Christmas story about a big brother who doesn't believe in Santa.
A darling Halloween story with a surprise ending!
A Thanksgiving classic!
A great Valentine's Day story.
After moving schools and many years later I forgot about her wonderful books until last month my team member, Marlyce, came bursting into my room all excited to show me a new book she had bought. It was a Lorna Balian book and my all time favorite. I can't believe I'd forgotten about it. Marlyce had a great idea to use the book for visualization with the kiddos. It's perfect for it!
It's about a little boy named Patrick who finds an 'Aminal'. He puts it in his lunch bag and takes it home. But on the way he runs into his friend Molly and tells her he caught an Aminal. He describes it but doesn't show it to her because he needs to hurry home to feed it. That's where I stop reading and I have the kids talk about what they know so far about the 'Aminal'. Then I have them go draw a picture of what they think it looks like on the sheet below.
Click on the picture to download a PDF.
You could also use the story to teach about friendship and gossip. It is also great for predictions.
Ms. Balian published many more books than I have shown here. Her daughter Lecia Balian has redrawn many of the illustrations and many of the books are being re-published. However, some are still out of print. Hopefully, they will eventually redo them all.
Thanks Marlyce for reminding me about Lorna Balian books!
Before I go, I want to THANK the wonderful VETERANS of this great nation for all their love of country and service they have or are giving. My awesome dad is a veteran of the Korean War and I know what a great sacrifice it is to serve in the military.
WE LOVE YOU VETS!!!
I hope you all have a great week. I love your comments!